Breast lift surgery can restore a youthful, shapely, lifted shape to sagging or aging breasts. The surgery can be combined with breast augmentation, breast implant revision, or breast reduction surgery, allowing it to address multiple cosmetic goals: it can both lift and reshape the breast tissue, while also removing the excess skin and re-positioning the nipple to create a firmer, more perky and youthful appearance.
How is a breast lift performed?
Our breast lift surgeons in the Vail Valley perform the following lifting techniques to restore a youthful, round, lifted look for saggy, deflated, or droopy breasts:
In the crescent lift, a small crescent-shaped piece of skin is removed from the upper portion of the areola to lift the breasts. This approach is most appropriate for women with mild sagging who have elected to have breast implants placed at the time of breast lift surgery.
The doughnut lift, also called periareolar or Benelli lift, involves an incision that encircles the entire circumference of the areola. This approach is best suited to women with large areolas (the size of the nipple can be reduced in this approach), women with slightly drooping areolas, women who are undergoing augmentation with a breast lift, and women who need a moderate skin tightening around the breast tissue.
With the lollipop lift, the incisions resemble a lollipop. An incision is placed around the nipple along with a vertical, centered incision to the breast crease. This approach allows our surgeons to treat more significant sagging and excess skin than can be achieved with a crescent or doughnut lift.
The anchor technique is appropriate for women with severe skin laxity and drooping nipples. During surgery, an incision is made down the center of the fold of the breast, along with a curved, horizontal incision in the breast crease.