All About the Breast Lift Incisions
Breast lift incisions made at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic are just as crucial to the final outcome of the procedure as is the individual's general health. The breast lift, technically known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure meant to deal with breasts that sag due to an individual's age or from breast-feeding.
There are 3 main components to a breast lift which include:
- Excision of excess skin
- Reshaping of the breast tissue
- Repositioning of the nipple-areola complex
There are several types of breast lifts that use different incision lines, but all have the same general outcome which is lifting of the breasts. How the surgeon at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic decides on what method to use depends on the weight and size of the breasts, the amount of excess skin, whether an implant is placed in, the degree of ptosis and the size of the areolas. Generally speaking there is one main type of breast lift, and all others are “modified” breast lifts . As you can see each type even has several names!
Incisions: Wise Pattern
The Wise Pattern Mastopexy at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic can address all concerns of shaping, lifting and tightening of the breasts, it is essentially a three-dimensional reduction of the breast envelope. Otherwise known as Inverted-T, Inferior Pedicle, or Anchor Breast Lift, this type of breast lift would be suitable for breasts that have a large degree of droop, a lot of excess, stretched skin, and nipples that point downwards.
An incision is made around the areola, then a vertical one is made extending down to the base of the breast, following its natural curve. The advantage of this incision is that it provides the maximum adjustment possible to the shape of the breast.
Modified Breast Lift Types
Benelli Breast Lift
This is also referred to as the doughnut lift or circumareolar lift, and is viewed as a “modified breast lift”. It involves having very minimal scarring, almost invisible 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.
This breast lift is perfect for 1st degree Ptosis (mild sagging) where less than 2 cm of excess skin needs to be excised. Since this type of breast lift is less invasive due to less skin manipulation and cutting, the healing and recovery will be somewhat easier than some other breast lift types. This also means that there are fewer risks and complications. The only downside is most breasts do not classify (must be degree 1 of ptosis) to have this type of lift. If the breasts have a high degree of droop with too much weight and excess skin, the benelli breast lift would not achieve the results that the patient needs.
Lollipop Breast Lift
The “Crescent” Breast Lift
Another type of a modified breast “lift” is known as the crescent lift which is very rarely used, only because it is intended for breasts that have a very low degree of sag. The incision lies along the upper portion of the areola. The crescent lift can be suitable for those who are also having breast augmentation done simultaneously if the breast requires only minor repositioning with reshaping (which is what the placement of the implant will achieve).
Some women are born with larger areolas than others, and they feel this to be embarrassing and bothersome. In a case where no lift of the breast is needed and the areola only needs to be made smaller in size, incisions made around the nipple (such as the benelli lift) can be performed. Excess skin of the areola is removed to create a more aesthetically pleasing areola-nipple complex.
Again, the nature of the incisions will depend a great deal upon the individual themselves, and what their expectations are. For this reason, a full consultation with a qualified medical professional just like at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic is highly recommended before considering mastopexy. They will be able to provide you with a realistic set of expectations regarding the outcome of your potential breast lift.