The breast lift procedure can be performed using one of four incision patterns. These include:
The Crescent Moon Incision: This incision serves to remove a crescent of skin above the areola, to move the nipple up a small distance.
The Donut Incision: This incision is created around the areola, and is often used for those with a minimal amount of breast sag.
The Lollipop Incision: Is created around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. This incision is used for women with a mild to moderate amount of breast sag.
The Anchor Incision: This incision is the same as the lollipop incision, only with an added incision horizontally in the breast crease. Those with severe breast sag can benefit from this incision pattern.
After the appropriate incision pattern is created, underlying tissues will be lifted and reshaped, the nipple and areola are repositioned, and excess skin is removed to create a more youthful, lifted breast. Although incision lines are permanent, they will fade over time and will be able to be hidden under a bra or clothing.
Following your breast lift procedure, compression garments will need to be worn to reduce swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Some people may be able to return to work within a week or so, but physical activity should be avoided for the first two weeks. Strenuous physical activity may be resumed after six weeks.