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Breast Lift Incisions

There are three main techniques breast lift (mastopexy) surgery with incisions around and/or under the areola. The breast lift techniques are:

  • Peri-areolar breast lift
  • Vertical breast lift
  • Wise pattern breast lift

Each technique results in a progressive lengthening of the breast scar. A basic rule of thumb is that the greater the amount of excess breast skin, the longer the scar will be.

For patients with a mild degree of breast sagging a peri-areolar breast lift is very effective, especially when combined with a breast implant for improved breast volume. The incision around the areola typically heals very well. For the first few months after surgery, the scar is pink and slightly raised. With time, the scar flattens, softens and becomes as pale as the surrounding skin. This type of breast lift is often called a Benelli mastopexy.

Periareolar breast lift and breast augmentation with implant at Naficy Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center

For patients with more severe amounts of breast drooping, a breast lift resulting in a scar around the areola and down the front of the breast (lollipop scar) is required. This 'vertical' breast lift is designed to reduce a substantial amount of excess breast skin. The vertical breast lift technique can also transfer sagging breast tissue from the bottom of the breast into the upper portion of the breast. This enhances breast shaping and fullness without the need for an implant. A third type of breast lift is called the 'anchor pattern' or Wise type breast lift which includes the vertical incision as well as an incision in the fold.

Wise pattern breast lift without breast implant at Naficy Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center

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