Choosing a Breast Lift Type
When performing a breast lift to correct sagging, your surgeon will select one of a handful of breast lift types. One of the most important components of each lift type is the type of incision used.
While all breast lift types and incisions offer the same general outcome—lifting of the breasts—the method your surgeon decides to use will depend on several factors, including the weight and size of your breasts, the amount of excess skin to be excised, whether an implant is in place, the degree of breast ptosis (sagging), and the size of the areolas.
Wise Pattern Breast Lift
Essentially a three-dimensional reduction of the breast envelope, the Wise Pattern breast lift addresses not just lifting, but shaping and tightening of the breasts. Also known as Inverted-T, Inferior Pedicle, or Anchor Breast Lift, this breast lift type is best suited for breasts that have a large degree of droop, a lot of excess, stretched skin, and nipples that point downward.
In a Wise Pattern breast lift, an incision is made around the areola, then a second, vertical incision is made extending downward, following the natural curve of the breast to its base. The advantage of this incision is that it provides the maximum adjustment possible to the shape of the breast.
Benelli Breast Lift
Also referred to as the doughnut lift or circumareolar lift, this breast lift type involves minimal scarring as the incisions are placed around the areola in the skin-colour transition at the areola periphery. The excess skin is removed in a doughnut-like shape, and the rest of the underlying breast tissue is lifted and tightened through sutures. The areola is then stitched to the remaining breast tissue.
The Benelli breast lift is perfect for first degree ptosis (mild sagging) where less than two centimeters of excess skin needs to be excised. Because this type of breast lift is less invasive than others, the healing and recovery will be somewhat easier. This also means there are fewer breast lift risks and complications.
The only downside is most breasts are usually not classified as having first degree ptosis. If the breasts have a high degree of droop with too much weight and excess skin, the Benelli breast lift will not achieve optimal results.
Lollipop Breast Lift
The lollipop breast lift entails an incision around the areola, as well as a straight incision running from the bottom of the areola to the middle of the breast crease. This allows for greater flexibility during surgery, while keeping the size of the incisions small, and allowing the resulting scars to be hidden under swimwear or underwear.
Sometimes also called a vertical breast lift, this type is ideal for women who require a medium amount of surgical correction. Because of the small incisions, scarring is minimized, and healing time is shorter than with other breast lift types.
Crescent Breast Lift
Rarely used because it is intended for breasts that have a very low degree of sag, the crescent lift entails an incision along the upper portion of the areola. There is even less scarring with this breast lift type, but it may be limiting in how much lift the surgeon will be able to accomplish.
The crescent lift can be suitable for those who are having breast augmentation done simultaneously, if the breast requires only minor repositioning with reshaping, which is what the placement of the implant will achieve.