breast lift techniques

Breast Lift Scars and Techniques

Breast Lift candidates are often concerned about breast lift scars and techniques available. The visible scar from a breast lift can be more pronounced than that of a traditional breast augmentation. However, with proper wound care, the unsightly scars from a breast lift can be properly managed. Here is a quick guide to breast lift scars and techniques, and proper wound care.


Breast Lift Techniques.

The common breast lift techniques are as follows:

  • The crescent lift
  • The donut lift
  • The lollipop lift
  • The anchor lift

breast lift scar types

The Crescent Lift:

The crescent lift gets its name from the shape of the incision. The incision is placed around the top of the areola. The benefits to the crescent lift are that it gives the surgeon the flexibility to insert an implant and built a pocket either above or below the muscle. Another additional benefit is that the incision is a small incision around the areola, that can be hidden under a bra or bikini. In addition, the incision from a crescent lift is hardly noticeable. There are drawbacks however: the crescent lift does not provide as much lift as other techniques and as such, it is appropriate for patients with very little sagging.


The Donut Lift:

The donut lift is called such because of the shape of the skin that is excised from the breast during the procedure. During the donut lift, the surgeon makes a circular incision on the breast around the perimeter of the areola, and then circular another incision around the areola. The skin is then removed resulting a donut shape. The remaining skin is then sutured to the nipple. The benefit to this technique is that it provides minimal scarring in an optimal place. The drawback, again, is that while it provides more lift than the crescent lift, it falls short where patients who are experiencing real sagging are concerned.


The Lollipop Lift:

The lollipop lift also known as a the vertical lift also gets its name from the shape of the incision. The lollipop lift is performed in much of the same way as the donut lift where skin is removed around the areola. Additionally, however, a vertical bar of skin is also excised. The resulting shape of skin that is removed looks like a keyhole or a lollipop. The breast is then sutured together. This technique provides more lift, and is for patients who have a moderate amount of sagging. However, the greater the lift the greater the incision.


The Anchor Lift:

The anchor lift is considered the gold standards among plastic surgeons because it is the oldest and most widely used method. It gets its name also from the shape of the incision employed and is sometimes called the inverted T. The anchor lift provides the most amount of lift, and is therefore most restorative in providing perk to sagging breast tissue. This is for patients who have moderate to severe sagging breasts. Again, however, it has the drawback of providing the largest scar.

Scar Modification Methods:

There are several methods to modify a scar that your surgeon at Body Cosmetica can over with you. Primary methods involve topical creams such as Scarguard. A more innovative approach is silicone gel strips. Lastly, there are laser procedures that can get the red out of a scar; and microdermabrasion techniques that can grind out textural irregularities. In time, scars from breast augmentation should fade to a simple faded line.


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