Breast Lift Techniques
There are a few surgical techniques, each involving a different type of incision based on the individual’s body type, the size and shape of the breasts, the position and size of the areolas, the quality of skin elasticity, and the degree of volume loss.
The donut incision, also known as the concentric incision, traces around the edge of the entire areola, making it nearly invisible once healed. Typically performed on patients with smaller breasts and only mild drooping, donut mastopexy preserves the sensation of the nipples and leaves the least visible scar. Although a simple and quick procedure, it offers the least control and works best for a less extensive lift.
Also called the circumvertical incision, the lollipop incision traces around the areola, much like the donut technique, and then continues with a vertical line tracing down to the bottom crease of the breast, like the shape of a lollipop. For women with larger or mid-sized breasts and only moderate drooping, this technique allows for more control of the breast contour by reshaping underlying tissues and removing excess skin.
The anchor technique, also known as the inverted T incision, traces around the areola, vertically down to the bottom crease of the breast, and then horizontally along the lower crease to the chest wall. This approach offers the most dramatic lift and is ideal for large breasts, significant drooping, or inelastic skin. The areolae can be reshaped or shifted to a higher position, and excess skin can be removed to improve the appearance.