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How is a breast lift performed?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Breast lifting is similar to breast reduction, except that no breast tissue is removed. The incisions are similar to those in breast reductions. If there is just a little drooping, a "donut mastopexy" can be performed. Skin around the areola is removed, hiking up the breast. Because two circles of tissue of unequal circumference need to be sewn together, any seamstress knows that the result will be bunching of the tissue. Fortunately, this bunching usually settles in a few months.

When more extensive drooping occurs, the next level of lifting requires a vertical incision between the areola and the crease below the breast. This is a hot topic: many plastic surgeons believe that most patients require a full lift. An incision is made along the length of the crease, together with vertical incisions and incisions around the areola. The search for different, better scars seems never-ending. Horizontal, vertical, around the areola -- all incisions have been proposed. My suggestion is to choose the surgeon, not the technique.
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