Different Approaches to Breast Lifts
Drooping breasts, also known as breast ptosis, is a fairly common concern presented to cosmetic surgeons. It is often seen in post-partum women or those who have lost a significant amount of weight, and others develop them on their own. There are a few methods that can be used to correct this issue, and the option that is right for each individual depends on the severity, and what the patient wants the result to look like in terms of volume and scarring.
Standard Lift – When a breast lift is performed, excess skin is removed, and the nipple is moved up to a higher position. The remaining skin is tightened.
Anchor Scar – The classic method of performing a breast lift is using an anchor scar. In this method, incisions are made around the edge of the areola, down from the edge of the nipple to the crease where the bra sits, and then along the bra crease horizontally, giving it an anchor shape.
Vertical Scar – Newer techniques have been developed to reduce scarring. This is known as the vertical scar, or lollipop incision. For this method, the horizontal incision in the bra crease is eliminated, leaving just the incisions around the areola and vertically down to the bra crease.
Benelli Mastopexy – For patients who only experience a mild level of droopiness, they may be suitable candidates for a Benelli, or peri-areolar mastopexy. For this procedure, an incision is just made around the edge of the areola.
Lift with Implant – Occasionally, patients may wish to also have an implant inserted at the same time as they are getting their breast lift procedure performed. This will increase the size of the breast, and also give more fullness to the cleavage.
Cohesive Gel Implant Lift – For mild to moderate cases of drooping, the option of using a cohesive gel implant is available. This can lift the breast and provide augmentation. The implants themselves are solid, providing the proper anatomical shape to the breast, and they have a texture allowing them to help lift the breast up. For many patients, this eliminates the need for a traditional lift and the scars that come with it. The implants will feel natural and soft, providing a great result. However, a cohesive gel implant lift will never offer quite the same amount of lift as a traditional surgical lift.
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If you experience some level of breast drooping and are interested in learning which of these procedures would be right for you, contact us now to schedule a free Personal Consultation with the specialists at UELC. We’ll be happy to guide you through each one and teach you how each one may or may not work with your body to help you achieve the results you desire. For more information, visit our FAQ page.