A mastopexy or breast lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at elevating the breast by getting rid of excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. The procedure enhances a patient’s appearance by restoring a woman’s feminine proportions and help swimsuits as well as bras fit comfortably.
By getting rid of excess, out-stretched skin and reshaping the breast tissue as well as elevating the nipple into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a robust, youthful breast contour. Large, out-out-stretched areolae can also be reduced during the mastopexy procedure to create a more naturally looking, proportional breast.
Cosmetic surgeons use different incision techniques for breast lift surgery. Normally, the exact approach depends on the patient’s existing breast tissue, her personal goals and the amount of excess skin to be removed.
Popular types of breast lift techniques include:
This technique is used on women who have a very small amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. During the procedure, a cosmetic surgeon makes a small incision running halfway around the top half of the areola. Since only a small incision is made to correct minimal sagging, scarring is usually minimal.
Lollipop also known as the vertical lift is a highly popular procedure as it allows the surgeon to get rid of excess tissue and modify the whole breast with modest, discrete scars. During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon makes 2 incisions: one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframmary fold to create a lollipop shape and another around the edge of the areola.
This procedure is aimed at correcting breasts with mild sagging. The procedure involves a single circular incision running around the edge of the areola. Donut lift just like crescent lift is usually performed alongside breast augmentation. The procedure not only corrects mild sagging but also reduces the size of the areola.
Anchor/inverted T lift
The anchor or inverted lift is normally performed on women with considerable sagging and pendulous breasts. The procedure allows a surgeon to get rid of a significant amount of sagging tissue and excess skin. During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon makes three incisions: one around the edge of the areola, one along the inframmary fold which is hidden in the breast crease and one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. The anchor lift is the most invasive technique but it is highly effective for women with a long inframmary fold.
Most of the time, the surgeon performs this technique if the patient intends to have breast reduction alongside the lift. While the anchor lift comes with a lot of visible scarring, the scars fade away significantly with proper care and can be easily concealed by a bikini top.
The procedure also known as the circumareola lift is best used for women who need a mild lift. During the procedure, a doughnut-shaped incision is made around the areola to get rid of excess tissue. Once the cosmetic surgeon removes excess skin, the skin is purse-stringed to tighten the breast skin. Unlike a full breast lift, it is less invasive; however, it may have a flattening effect on the breast.
The above are some of the popular types of breast lift techniques that not only firms and enhances your breast but also give you a youthful profile. Currently, statistics indicate that more women are opting for mastopexy compared to breast implants. So, if your breasts seem to be closer to the belly button than you are comfortable with, consider cosmetic surgery to remedy the situation.