Understanding Different Types of Breast Lifts: What You Need to Know

Breast lifts, also known as mastopexy, are surgical procedures designed to lift and reshape sagging breasts. The specific type of breast lift procedure performed depends on the degree of sagging and the desired outcome. Here are some common types of breast lifts:

1. Crescent Lift:

A crescent lift involves making a small incision along the upper edge of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple). This technique is suitable for women with minimal sagging and results in a subtle lift.

2. Peri-Areolar Lift (Donut Lift):

In a peri-areolar lift, a circular incision is made around the areola. This technique allows for repositioning of the nipple and tightening of the surrounding breast tissue. It is suitable for women with mild to moderate sagging.

3. Vertical or Lollipop Lift:

The vertical or lollipop lift involves two incisions: one around the areola and another extending vertically from the areola to the breast crease. This technique is suitable for women with moderate sagging and allows for more significant reshaping of the breast.

4. Anchor or Wise Pattern Lift:

The anchor or wise pattern lift is the most extensive type of breast lift. It involves three incisions: one around the areola, another vertically from the areola to the breast crease, and a third along the breast crease. This technique is suitable for women with significant sagging and allows for extensive reshaping and lifting of the breast.

It’s important to note that the choice of breast lift technique depends on individual factors, including breast size, shape, and the degree of sagging. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is necessary to determine the most appropriate type of breast lift for your specific needs.

During a breast lift procedure, excess skin is removed, and the breast tissue is reshaped and repositioned to achieve a more youthful and lifted appearance. The nipple and areola complex may also be repositioned to a more aesthetic position on the breast mound.

It’s worth mentioning that a breast lift procedure does not significantly change the size of the breasts. If you desire both a lift and an increase in breast size, a breast augmentation (with implants) may be combined with the breast lift procedure.

Always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, expectations, and the most suitable options for your specific situation.