Types of Breast Lift
Every breast lift (mastopexy) requires one or more incisions to allow the surgeon to lift and reposition the breast. In general, the goal is to provide the desired result with the least amount of scarring. Although some scarring is unavoidable, the lines will fade over time and there are certain topical products that can further reduce their appearance.
Dr. Hardy believes in the importance of patients being educated about their surgical options. The four main incision patterns used during breast lift, in order of least to greatest amount of lift, include:
- Crescent Lift: This technique is only suitable for patients with a small degree of breast sag (ptosis). Most often, it is performed when the patient is also having breast augmentation. During surgery, Dr. Hardy removes some skin and tissue in the shape of a crescent above the areola. He then reattaches the surrounding skin so the front of the breast sits higher.
- Donut Lift: Suitable for patients with a mild to moderate degree of sagging, this technique involves making an incision all the way around the perimeter of the areola. The skin is removed in a doughnut shape so that when the surrounding tissue is reattached, the breast is lifted. Dr. Hardy may also remove some tissue above the areola to achieve a natural-looking shape. When it is combined with breast implants, this technique can also provide a comprehensive enhancement for patients with more pronounced drooping.
- Lollipop Lift: This technique includes an incision around the entire areola and down the underside of the breast (like a circle on top of a stick). Also known as a keyhole incision, the technique is suitable for patients with a moderate degree of sagging, and who are not having breast implants placed.
- Anchor: Also known as full mastopexy, this common breast lift technique can correct severely sagging breasts. Its name is derived from the anchor-shaped incision that encircles the areola, continues vertically down under the breast, and horizontally along the natural fold. It lets Dr. Hardy remove enough skin and tissue to achieve the desired lift and firmness before repositioning the nipple higher on the breast. The anchor technique is commonly combined with breast reduction.