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Breast Lift Surgery Techniques: Different Surgical Incision Methods

By David Passaretti, MD on December 29, 2014


A woman in a white bathing suit on the beachA number of patients in the Fairfield area have visited Dr. David Passaretti in order to undergo breast lift surgery. Breast lift improves the shape and perkiness of breasts that droop and sag, making women look younger and more athletic in the process.

There are different ways that breast lift surgery can be performed, and tailoring the surgery to the patient is always ideal for achieving the best results. Let's take a moment to consider these surgical techniques right now.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who have breasts that droop or sag as a result of the aging process, major weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or genetics. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make surgery of any kind a health risk. It's important that candidates for surgery have realistic expectations about the side effects and potential complications of the procedure.

Traditional Breast Lift Surgery Incisions

During a traditional breast lift surgery, three incisions are made that roughly form the shape of an anchor:

  • A circular incision around the areola
  • A lateral incision along the underside crease where the bottom of the breast meets the chest
  • A vertical incision along the lower curvature of the breast that connects the previous two

Through these incisions, tissue can be adjusted and excessive skin removed. The remaining skin of the breast is pulled tighter to improve the perkiness of the breast in the process.

Lollipop Breast Lift Surgery Incisions

A lollipop incision (also known as a keyhole incision) breast lift surgery involves two incisions:

  • A circular incision around the areola
  • A vertical incision along the lower curvature of the breast from the areola incision to the underside crease of the breast

You'll note that the lateral incision is not necessary in this form of breast lift surgery. This method of breast lift is generally ideal for patients whose breast droop or sag, but not in as pronounced a manner.

Periareolar and Crescent Breast Lift Surgery Incisions

In periareolar incision (also known as doughnut incision) breast lift surgery, the entire procedure is performed through the circular incision around the areola.

A variation of this is the crescent incision breast lift, in which just a half circle around the areola is required to perform the lift.

As you have likely guessed, these forms of breast lift surgery are ideal for women who only need minor drooping or sagging to be addressed.

Combining Breast Lift Surgery and Breast Implants

In some instances, a cosmetic surgeon may recommend combining breast lift surgery with breast implants. This is not uncommon, and it may actually be the ideal way for patients to achieve the contour and appearance of the breasts that they have always wanted, enhancing the shape of the breasts and boosting size at the same time.

The ideal incision method for combined breast lift and augmentation varies based on the needs of the patient and the kind of breast implants that will be used.

Contact Dr. David Passaretti

If you would like to learn more about breast lift surgery and how it can help you have a trimmer, slimmer, and more youthful figure, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Passaretti and the entire team at the practice will help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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