A breast lift, or a mastopexy is a great option for women with sagging breasts. But the potential for unsightly scaring leaves some women intimidated by the procedure. ​

So, in this article we’ll educate you on the four most common incisions, the scarring caused by each, and help you feel comfortable about your breast lift decision despite the scarring. The Procedure is often done in combination with a breast augmentation, but it’s performed the least often of the four procedures.  

Incision 1 – Crescent Lift, for minimal sagging 

The first incision type is called a Crescent Lift. This technique is for women with minimal sagging. A crescent moon shape incision is made above the nipple, and the excess skin is removed. Afterwards the nipple and breast are slightly elevated. 

The procedure, which can lift the nipple about an inch, is minimally invasive and works best for women with mild sagging. 

After the lift, the patients breasts will be in a more youthful position and minimal to no drooping.

Incision 2 – Periareolar Lift (donut lift), for mild sagging 

The second incision is the Periareolar Lift. For this technique, an incision is made all the way around the outer edge of the areola. This type of lift is often chosen because, in addition to lifting the breast, it can also reduce the size of the areola. Once the “donut” shaped incision is made, skin is sutured to the new areolar edge, pulling in the skin from all directions.  

Like the crescent lift, this technique is often performed with a breast augmentation on women with large areolas to address mild sagging.  

One of the benefits of a Periareolar Lift is that the scar is naturally concealed around the perimeter of the areola 

Incision 3 – Vertical (lollipop), moderate sagging 

The next incision is the Vertical lift. Its often referred to as the “lollipop” incision due to its unique scaring outline. In this technique an incision is first made around the areola, then downward from the areola to the breast fold.  

The surgeon will then remove excess tissue and fat and reshape the breast to give it a more youthful appearance 

This technique is generally reserved for women with large sagging breasts. The procedure is more invasive than the other two, and scarring is more apparent. But when done properly, the technique can produce a beautiful, natural result.  

Incision 4 – Anchor (or inverted T) extensive sagging 

The last and most intensive incision is the Anchor lift. The name comes from the anchor like shape created by three incisions. This incision, also known as the “inverted T”, is the same as the periarelor method; however, it includes a third incision along the inframammary fold.  

This procedure is often used when a breast lift is done in conjunction with a breast reduction.  

The anchor lift is the most common technique for breast reduction. When done successful it can reduce back neck and shoulder pain and alleviate other complications related to oversized breasts.  

Hows the scaring? 

The vertical and anchor lifts produce the most pronounced scaring, but don’t let that dissuade you from having the procedure. The vast majority of women who’ve undergone a breast lift say they are more than satisfied with the results. Despite the scaring, breast lifts have one of the highest levels of reported satisfaction of any cosmetic surgery. 

A breast lift can improve your look, reduce your pain, and make it easier for you to exercise. By choosing a well-qualified surgeon, staying hydrated, applying proper creams, compression suits and following your doctor’s orders, your scars will be even smaller. 

Don’t let the possibility of a scar get in your way. To contact a cosmetic surgeon in your area that specializes in breast lifts fill out the contact form below. 

Michelle Workman

Michelle Workman

Michelle used to be a rocket scientist but she got bored with all the sciency stuff. So now she writes about more interesting stuff, like cosmetic surgery.

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