What Is A Surgical Breast Lift?

"Breast lift procedures are becoming exceedingly common, and they can be performed in an office surgical area or in a hospital setting. The amount of time spent in surgery varies, but it typically takes anywhere from two to four hours. The amount of lift will influence just how many incisions, as well as how long the incisions are. An individual that requires an elaborate and extensive surgery will most likely undergo an anchor incision, not a smaller, peri-areolar incision."

Breast Lift

What Is A Surgical Breast Lift?

Breast lift procedures are becoming exceedingly common, and they can be performed in an office surgical area or in a hospital setting. The amount of time spent in surgery varies, but it typically takes anywhere from two to four hours. The amount of lift will influence just how many incisions, as well as how long the incisions are. An individual that requires an elaborate and extensive surgery will most likely undergo an anchor incision, not a smaller, peri-areolar incision.

Typically the breast lift or mastopexy procedure falls under two categories: a full breast lift and a modified breast lift. First, the full lift involves an incision under the breast itself; in addition, there are small incisions created surrounding the areola and breast base. This procedure is often the preferred method for the perfect shape and positioning overall. In this process, excess skin is taken away, and the breast is lifted; as a result, the areola shrinks, allowing the most apparent change to occur on the breast. Scarring with this procedure occurs in three locations, and the healing is very similar among the locations. The areola has a slight crease from the vertical cut, but the shadow often shrouds the scar. Secondly, as far as the peri-areolar area is concerned, the skin color is slightly altered between the breast skin and the skin of the areola. And the fold usually has the largest scar, but can possibly be hidden by the inframammary folds. Typically, the scars always remain—but they become barely visible over time.

A modified breast lift is intended to produce nearly as equal results as the full procedure but with far less scarring. The incisions are less, and sometimes the desired result is not achieved because the breast’s shape only changes minimally; these modified procedures are often coupled with breast augmentation. The Benelli lift or the donut lift is a minor procedure in which a ring of skin is lifted around the areola, which makes scarring less visible. And an even more modified version of this concentric procedure is the crescent lift, which also removes the layer of skin at the areola, but then more skin is taken slightly above that area, which then raises the areola as well as the nipple. Lastly, the lollipop lift is an incision that takes place around the areola and nipple—extending the fold of the breast from underneath. Most patients prefer a combination of methods to achieve the best results.


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