Women are often troubled by sagging, undesirable breasts due to many factors, such as aging, childbearing, or gravity. Fortunately, there are many breast lift options for women who are seeking a fuller and perkier breast shape. I perform four basic types of breast lifts around the greater Toronto area.
The kind of breast lift I suggest to my patients depends on their natural breast appearance before surgery and their cosmetic goals after surgery. A consultation is necessary before a decision is made. Here are the four types of breast lifts I perform in order of incision size:
- Crescent Lift –
The simplest breast lift technique, which involves removing a crescent-shaped piece of skin above the nipple and areolar complex. Then the complex is moved slightly higher on the breast mound. This is an excellent procedure for patients who have their ideal breast shape and size but have nipples or areolas that sit too low on the breast. As a result of this procedure, a scar will outline the top portion of the areola from about 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock.
- Periareolar Lift (a.k.a. Benelli Lift, Donut Lift) –
This breast lift procedure utilizes two incisions around the areola, which somewhat resemble a donut shape. In reality, the outer incision is more egg-shaped, including the incisions of the crescent lift. This allows for elevation of the nipple, decreasing the size of the areola, and a general tightening of the breast envelope. This procedure is ideal for women who need a subtle lift and a 1-2 centimeter of nipple elevation. The resulting scar is a circle around the outer edge of the areola.
- Vertical Lift (a.k.a. The Lollipop Lift) –
The most common breast lift I perform is the vertical lift. This involves a snowman shaped incision with the “head” around the areola, and the “body” below the areola to a few centimeters above the inframammary crease. The vertical lift is ideal for women who need lifting and reshaping of the breast mound, as well as the elevation of the nipple and reduction of the areola. I can combine this procedure with a breast reduction or augmentation, or simply by itself. As the incision heals, the scar goes around the nipple and straight down towards the breast crease, resembling a lollipop.
- Wise Pattern Lift (a.k.a. Inverted-T Lift, Anchor Lift) –
In my professional opinion, this procedure is usually reserved for very large breast reductions. The incision is made around the nipple, down towards the inframammary crease and within it as well, removing tissue from all three locations. The nipple can be relocated to a more aesthetically pleasing position on the breast, and this procedure allows a lot of control to reshape the entire breast. The resulting scar goes around the nipple, down towards the breast crease, and along the crease, resembling an anchor shape.
No matter what breast lift you receive, I will ensure a positive and pleasing breast shape and volume, which will ultimately give you more confidence. Breasts play an important role in a woman’s figure. My goal is for her to feel outstanding with her newly shaped breasts. Contact me today to schedule your initial consultation!