Breast Lift Surgery Techniques: Discussing Incision Methods By tmccall on December 30, 2014

A woman in a lacy black braWhen patients in the greater Milwaukee area come to Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery, they can expect exceptional care that's tailored to their needs. This is particularly important when it comes to breast lift surgery. Breast lift surgery treats drooping and sagging breasts, making them perkier and better shaped. There are different ways that a breast lift can be performed, and we'd like to consider the various incision methods that may be used so you understand the options that are available.

Who is an ideal candidate for breast lift surgery?

The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who have breasts that droop or sag as a result of aging, weight loss, pregnancy/childbirth, breastfeeding, or genetics. They should be in overall good health and not suffer from conditions that may make surgery of any kind a potential health hazard. It's important that patients have a realistic outlook on the surgical process and what it involves, and that they know the risks as well as the side effects of the procedure.

The Traditional Incisions for Breast Lift Surgery

During a traditional breast lift, three incisions are involved. These incisions form a shape similar to a ship anchor:

  • A circular incision around the areola
  • A lateral incision along the crease where the bottom of the breast meets the chest
  • A vertical incision along the lower slope of the breast that connects the previous two incisions

Using these incisions, a plastic surgeon is able to remove excess skin and tissue and tighten the remaining skin, making the breasts look perkier and more appealing.

Keyhole Incisions for Breast Lift Surgery

Another form of breast lift surgery involves a keyhole-shaped incision (also referred to by some as a lollipop incision). This incision technique is as follows:

  • A circular incision around the areola
  • A vertical incision along the lower slope of the breast that leads to the underside of the breast

You'll note that the lateral incision of the traditional breast lift does not need to be made. Keyhole incision breast lifts are most ideal for patients who do not need as substantial a revision to make their breasts appear perkier.

Doughnut and Crescent Incisions for Breast Lift Surgery

For very minor kinds of breast lift surgeries, there are minimal incisions made. These two minimal incision breast lifts are performed as follows:

  • Doughnut Incision Breast Lift - All revisions and enhancements are achieved through a circular incision around the areola
  • Crescent Incision Breast Lift - All revisions and enhancements are achieved through an incision around just half of the areola

As you can imagine, these two small-incision options for breast lift are for women who need very minor lifting to improve the shape and appearance of their breasts.

Combined Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Surgery

In some instances, a woman may actually undergo a breast lift surgery that incorporates breast implants. This is ideal in that breast implants can have a dramatic effect on improving breast shape as well as breast size. The incision method used in this surgery will depend on the needs of the patient as well as the size and composition of the breast implants.

Schedule a Consultation at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

If you would like to learn more about breast lift surgery and how it can help you achieve a better overall body contour and figure, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery and skin care center today. At Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery, we will be sure to provide you with all the information you need to look your very best.

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Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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