Breasts, just as any part of the human body, eventually lose their elasticity. A breast lift procedure (Mastopexy) is often a great solution for patients to counter sagging breasts resulting from age or other reasons like childbirth or nursing. Our breast lift procedures, performed in our Austin office, improve the shape and firmness of breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
There are three primary options patients have when it comes to breast lift procedures. The number and length of the incisions created depends on how much of a lift the patient needs.
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 and do not wish to have breast implants inserted.
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.
What is a No Scar Breast Lift?
With a breast lift, there is always an incision made therefore there is always a scar. However, scarring can be minimalized or hidden which has resulted in people discussing a “no scar breast lift.” Where incisions are made and certain surgical techniques can greatly minimize scarring as can postoperative scar care. As each person is different it is important to first consult with a doctor about a breast lift procedure and your aesthetic goals.