A breast augmentation with a mastopexy (lift) is a cosmetic breast surgery performed under general anesthesia that addresses excess skin, sagging breast tissue, a lack of fullness – particularly in the upper portion and breast cleavage – and improves the feel of the breast. The result are breasts that are ideally shaped with a soft natural bottom curve and fullness at the top creating a cleavage that is feminine and tasteful.
It is common to combine this surgery with others such as an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) and Liposuction. Performing a Breast Augmentation in conjunction with another can be performed safely and efficiently.
The combination of a lift with and augmentation is an option for patients who desire more volume and are experiencing sagging or droopiness. There are three common techniques used in this type of procedure.
Peri-Areolar Breast Lift: This technique is performed by placing a circular incision around the entire outer edge of your areola, resulting in a minimally visible scar. The peri-areolar breast lift technique is a great option for women with a mild degree of sagging. Although, when used by a skilled surgeon in conjunction with breast implants, this technique can produce satisfactory results for women with a moderate degree of sagging.
Vertical Breast Lift: The vertical lift involves an incision around the perimeter of the areola and another vertical incision made from the bottom of the areola down to the natural breast crease. The vertical lift is ideal for women who have moderate breast sagging and require more reshaping of the breast. The shape of the incisions resembles a lollipop, hence the nickname “lollipop lift.”
This technique is suitable for women with a moderate degree of sagging who will not be helped sufficiently by less invasive techniques.
Anchor Breast Lift: This procedure requires the placement of incisions shaped like an anchor. This lifting technique is reserved for women who require dramatic reshaping to improve more significant sagging and will not be helped sufficiently by less invasive techniques. The anchor incision is the oldest technique used for breast lifts and is the desired technique in large-volume breast reductions. The incision is made around the perimeter of the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease.