Breast Lift surgery (Mastopexy) is obviously surgery to lift the breast. There are variations of this operation – quite a few variations. Breast lift operations are usually discussed relative to the “full breast lift” which has also been called the anchor lift. This operation leaves scars around the areola, under the breast and vertically between the two. The shape of the scar configuration resembles an anchor, hence the name. The potential for scars is one of the major concerns potential patients have with the surgery. This version of the operation also has the greatest potential to change the shape of the breast.
Reduced scar breast lifts came into creation to limit the potential for scarring. The important compromise, however, is that these modified breast lifts “lift” less. Reduced scar lifts can involve any portion of the full lift scar pattern. The modified lift with an incision above the areola only is called a “Crescent lift.” It provides only a very small amount of actual lift. A “Benelli Lift” uses a suture to pull the breast skin in toward the nipple. It leaves a scar around the areola. Sometimes there can be wrinkling in this position which can fade with time.
Breast lifts can involve implants, but breast implant placement by itself lifts very little. Really large implants result in recurrent descent over time. Gravity usually wins. The addition of breast implants to lift surgery does allow the addition of fullness in the upper breast area or upper pole fullness. This is frequently a crowd pleaser.
The key to breast lift surgery is to decide what is important to you and what you are willing to do to make it happen. The basic bottom line on reduced scar breast lifts is that they have lesser capacities to change the shape of the breasts. That is the trade off for fewer incisions and potential scarring.
Seek consultation with a quality board-certified plastic surgeon to explore your options further. Good plastic surgeons can help limit scarring and guide you in choosing your procedure.
*This blog post was originally published at Truth in Cosmetic Surgery*