Breast Lift Incision Options
Breast lift surgery involves several different incision techniques. The right option for you will depend on the amount of ptosis (breast sagging) you are experiencing, and whether or not you have chosen to combine your breast lift with a breast augmentation. During a personal consultation, our quadruple-board-certified Denver plastic surgeon Dr. David Broadway will recommend the incision option that he believes would best fit your needs and cosmetic goals.
The Anchor Incision
This incision is made in three steps. First, a circular incision is made around your areola, then it runs vertically down from your areola to your breast crease. Finally, a horizontal incision is made along your breast crease.
While this is the oldest breast lift incision technique, it also the most invasive and produces the most scarring. An anchor incision is generally used in women who have a high degree of ptosis (sagging) that cannot be adequately fixed by other, less invasive incision methods. Anchor incisions are most often used if a woman is combining her breast lift with a breast reduction.
The “Keyhole” or “Lollipop” Incision
This type of incision is made around the perimeter of your areola, then vertically down to the breast crease, making the shape of a keyhole or lollipop. This technique produces the best results if you have a moderate degree of sagging that cannot be sufficiently helped by a peri-areolar technique (see below), and if you do not plan on having breast implants placed.
The Peri-Areolar Incision
Also known as the “donut” incision, the peri-areolar technique involves an incision made around the perimeter of your areola. This incision is most effective when it is used in women who have a mild to moderate degree of breast sagging. However, when the peri-areolar incision is used by a skilled cosmetic surgeon in conjunction with a breast augmentation, it can still produce great results for patients who have more pronounced sagging.
The Crescent Incision
The crescent incision – which involves a short line made along the upper half of your areola – is the least-invasive breast lift method, but it is not commonly used since it cannot accomplish the same degree of lift as the other incision types. A crescent incision is most often used in conjunction with breast augmentation in women who only have a small degree of sagging.
If you are considering a breast lift and have further questions about the incision options available to you, please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation. Dr. David Broadway produces beautiful breast lift results for patients throughout Denver, Colorado.