Breast Lift Incision
Over time, factors such as pregnancy, nursing and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast lift, mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. If you are considering having breast lift surgery in Denver, it’s important to understand the options available to you. There are several different incision patterns and techniques used in breast lift surgery, each of which is suited to each different patient and their desired results. Some of these techniques have been in use for a long time, while others are somewhat new.
Anchor: This incision is made around the perimeter of the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and then horizontally along the breast crease. This technique produces the most scarring. It is suitable for women with a severe degree of sagging who will not be helped sufficiently by other less invasive techniques. This incision is the oldest technique and is often used for a breast lift in conjunction with a breast reduction.
Lollipop: This breast lift incision is made around the perimeter of the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease – also known as a keyhole incision. This technique is suitable for women with a moderate degree of sagging who will not be helped sufficiently by the peri-areolar technique (below) and who do not wish to have breast implants inserted.
Donut: This incision is made around the perimeter of the areola only which is why this technique is technically referred to as the peri-areolar incision; also called a Benelli lift (so named for the surgeon who pioneered the technique). This technique is suitable for women with a mild to moderate degree of sagging, although when used by a skilled surgeon in conjunction with the placement of implants, it can produce a satisfactory result for patients with more pronounced sagging.
Crescent: Although not as commonly used as the above techniques, this incision is made just along the upper half of the areola. A crescent-shaped piece of skin is removed above that line and the surrounding skin is reattached to the areola. This type of lift is usually done in conjunction with breast augmentation and is suitable only for women with a very small degree of sagging. It cannot accomplish the same amount of lifting as the previously mentioned breast lift incision techniques.
A breast lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. If you’re ready to discuss breast lift options with Dr. Serota, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation.