Breast Lift Techniques

Before your breast lift surgery, Dr. John Tyrone will explain the breast lift techniques that we provide at our Jacksonville, FL, practice. Dr. Tyrone implements a variety of incision types for breast lifts, and the type that is best for you will depend upon the look you want to achieve, and whether you will have implants placed during your procedure. The doctor will work with you to determine which method is best, based upon your needs.

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There are four primary breast lift incision techniques.

The Crescent Lift

Crescent lifts involve the doctor making an incision around the top half of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). After making the incision, the doctor will remove a small amount of skin. This will allow him to reposition the nipple and areola slightly higher, usually less than an inch. This lift is the least invasive of all options, and provides the most conservative results. The doctor typically performs this lift in combination with a breast augmentation procedure.

The Donut Lift

For a periareolar, or "donut lift," Dr. Tyrone will make an incision that extends all the way around the areola. He will remove a donut-shaped area of skin from around the nipple, and then pull the edges in toward the center and suture them in place. This type of incision will lift the breast significantly, and allow the doctor to reduce the size of the areola or reshape it. This technique will also permit the doctor to place an implant if desired. Because of the small incision size, Dr. Tyrone recommends using only saline implants, which can be filled following placement.

Dr. Tyrone will conduct a close examination of your bust line to recommend the right incision pattern for your needs.

The Lollipop Lift

The "lollipop," or vertical lift, combines the donut lift incision with a vertical incision that runs from the bottom of the areola to the crease beneath the breast (the inframammary fold). Dr. Tyrone recommends this type of breast lift for women with large, sagging breasts. During the procedure, the doctor will remove and tighten skin on either side of the vertical incision, giving the breast a rounder and more youthful shape. The doctor will then use the donut incision to relocate the nipple upward to the correct position for the new breast shape.

The Anchor Lift

For women experiencing severe drooping of the breasts, the doctor will recommend an anchor lift, also called the Inverted-T lift. This procedure combines the lollipop incision with an inframammary incision along the crease under the breast. The doctor can perform this procedure with a breast reduction for women with very large breasts, or he can insert implants for patients with smaller breasts. This incision type ensures that the doctor can remove enough excess skin to dramatically reshape the breast. As this is the most involved breast lift surgery, it will produce the most scarring, and requires the longest healing period.

Schedule Your Consultation

Call our office today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Tyrone will conduct a close examination of your bust line to recommend the right incision pattern for your needs.

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