Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast lift also known as mastopexy, reestablishes the position of the nipple and breast to higher position. The ideal position is considered to be above the bottom of the breast, or where the underwire of a bra rests. The size and amount of droop of the breast is considered when choosing the best surgical technique to use.

The operation removed skin from around the areola and from under the breast to push the breast up. There are basically three types of lifts. An incision just around the areola is used for a small lift in a small breast. This is often referred to as a donut lift because the skin that is removed looks like a donut.

If the breasts are larger or the amount of droop is more, then more skin is removed from under the breast, vertical scar from the bottom of the areola incision to the inframammary fold. This lift is commonly referred to as a lollipop incision- if the breast is much larger or has significant droop then a horizontal incision is added to the operation leaving a scar around the areola, down from the areola to the inframammary fold. This is commonly referred to as an anchor incision.

It is important to understand than an augmentation does not lift the breast. And augmentation only increases the size of the breast.
A breast lift only minimally changes the size of the breast. A breast augmentation can often be done at the same time as a breast lift, but each patient must be evaluated before the decision can be made.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Procedures by Stephen Madry, M.D.
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