Breast lift and augmentation improve a woman’s appearance and comfort. But did you know there are different types of breast lifts? Understanding the types of breast lifts can help you understand what to expect from your surgery.
Breast lift types match the amount of skin and tissue to be removed. There are basically three kinds of breast lift procedures, plus one used almost only with implants. Dr. Rochlin looks at breast size and the amount of tissue and skin to remove when she recommends a specific type of breast lift.
Women with very large breasts often need a more extensive lift procedure not only to provide the lift but to also reduce the size, which can be the source of significant back and shoulder pain. Some women also notice breast sagging after pregnancy, especially if they breastfeed. Others will see sag as they age. In some women, breasts become uneven. A skilled surgeon can correct any number of distressing developments and deliver a balanced, attractive result
Two Types of Breast Lifts Correct Moderate Sagging
Most women who decide to have breast lifts have seen moderate sagging. Depending on their breast size and shape, they will usually be recommended for a lollipop lift or a doughnut lift.
During a lollipop lift – also called a vertical lift or a keyhole lift – Dr. Rochlin makes an incision around the areola (the circle or red or brown skin around the nipple) and down to the crease underneath the breast. This lets her remove enough skin to reshape the breast.
This may sound like it would leave a large scar, but it really doesn’t. The scars will heal easily (especially for patients who don’t smoke) and are well-hidden with a bra or bikini top.
A doughnut lift is a periareolar lift where the incision is made around the areola only. It’s not used as much as a lollipop lift because it only allows a small amount of skin to be removed. It’s recommended for women with small breasts who want to correct sagging and more often performed during breast augmentation. The only scar is around the areola.
The Crescent Lift is Used for Breast Augmentation Procedures
The crescent lift is used for breast augmentation to prevent sag or correct a small amount that may be present. For this procedure, a crescent-shaped incision is made along the top of the areola to slip in implants. It allows for some skin tightening.
Large Breasts and Sag Benefit from Anchor/Inverted T-Lifts
Anchor lifts, also called inverted T-lifts, are the most successful for women with large breasts, who may experience sag earlier than other women. It may also be recommended for women who with more extensive sag regardless of breast size.
Of all breast lift types, the anchor lift delivers the most aesthetically appealing results in terms of breast shape and durability. Women who have the procedure will enjoy years of benefits. It does, however, leave an anchor-shaped scar (or inverted T) underneath the crease of the breast. The scar’s length depends on the amount of skin to remove to correct the sag. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, this scar will easily heal and fade over time.
The anchor procedure is also used in conjunction with breast reduction.
Try This Breast Lift Test
Place a piece of paper on the crease under your breasts (with your bra off) and see if your nipples fall below the top edge of the paper. If they do, you’re a good candidate for a lift.
For more information, contact one of Dr. Rochlin’s offices in Arizona and San Bernardino County, California.