A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful contour. Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted can increase breast size after the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.
In general, a breast lift raises and firms the breast by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Sometimes the areola has become enlarged over time. A Breast lift will give you the option of reducing the areola diameter. The volume of the breast may also be restored by introduction of a breast implant.
Are you a good candidate for a breast lift? Generally, if your breasts lack substance or firmness and/or the nipples and areolas point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease you are a candidate for a breast lift.
Breast Lift Techniques and Incisions
Breast lift procedures vary in technique depending on how much skin needs to be removed. The common techniques include:
- CRESENT– a small amount of skin is removed above the areola
- DONUT – the skin is removed from around the entire areola (these types of breast lifts are used for minimal repairs).
- LOLLYPOP– skin is removed from around the entire areola and then, additional skin is removed through an incision that extends vertically from below the areola to underneath the breast.
- INVERTED T– the skin is removed from around the entire areola and with additional skin being removed via a lollypop incision line and, then more skin is taken off through a horizontal incision line that is directly underneath the breast. In some instances, it may be possible to avoid the horizontal incision beneath the breast.
Sometimes a technique may be used that avoids this horizontal incision as well as the vertical incision that runs from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease. Our board certified doctor has extensive experience performing breast lifts and can review the necessary information to make the right decision for your case.