Scarring And Your Breast Lift: How Your Doctor Chooses The Type Of Incision

Breast lift surgery is typically opted by patients who have droopy or saggy breasts that come down after pregnancy. Part of your initial consultation includes a conversation about the type of incision and there for scarring that will remain. There are five different types of incisions types when it comes to breast lift surgery. The type of incision chosen is dependent on the patient's anatomy. Read on to learn more about Haute t the different types of incisions and when they are used according to Haute Beauty expert Dr. Daniel Careaga.

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Dr. Daniel Careaga is an award-winning plastic surgeon who specializes in a range of body, face, and breast procedures. By utilizing his extensive experience in all these fields, Dr. Careaga has gained a reputation for being a meticulous plastic surgeon with a powerful practice: Careaga Plastic Surgery. Dr. Careaga holds a rare double board certification in plastic surgery. With the experience of over 8,000 successful operations performed, Dr. Careaga knows beauty and what his patients want.

The 5 Types of Breast Lift Incisions

  • Crescent

A crescent incision is placed on top of the nipple and areola to lift it a little bit. This is rarely done anymore because it has a tendency to deform the nipple. It can make it elongated and doesn't lift  much to begin with.

  • Periareolar

The periareolar incision is very common in the right patients. When you don't have a lot of excess skin in the lower part of the breast or if it's just a large areola the periareolar incision works very well. Typically, if the patient doesn't have to lift more than about an inch is when it is used.

  • Lollipop

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The Lollipop breast lift is one of the more common lifts. It addresses the lower skin in the lower part of the breast as well as the nipple position. You can lift the nipple more than what you can with the periareolar incision. The scar is called the lollipop because there is a circle around the areola and then a line that comes down to the fold underneath the breast.

  • There are 2 types of anchor breast lifts 

The first type is reserved for unique situations where the patient has excess skin in the lower part of the breast but the nipple is in a good position.

The second type of anchor incision involves a circular incision around the areola, a verticle scar that comes down to the fold, and then a scar that goes hidden in the fold underneath the breast. This is used when there is significantly more excess skin than what can be safely removed with a lollipop incision. This is also for larger reductions, with excess skin there are more incisions necessary in order to get the breast to look perky.