Breast lift methods – anchor lift, areola lift or implants?
There are several different surgical techniques/methods for breast lifts (breast uplift). Fundamentally, these differ in terms of how great a change one is looking to obtain in proportion to the patients initial state. The method used is determined individually for each case based on the following factors:
- The breasts shape and size
- The extent of the breast hang and the amount of excess skin
- The areola and nipple position and appearance
- The patient’s wishes and the surgeons preferences
The breast uplift methods vary in terms of the extent of breast hang to be removed. Generally one can say the greater the hang the surgeon needs to remove, the greater the number of incisions are needed in order to do so. Below you will find the most common alternatives.
Filling out the breast hang
In cases where the patient only has a slight overhang and the areola is of a satisfying size and in a good position, it can be of great benefit to use a small breast implant in order to fill out the breasts skin.
Inserting a breast implant then eliminates the need of a surgical breast lift and thus the scaring which that surgery entails.
For more information about this approach we refer you to the information page about breast enlargement » .
Peri-areolar lift (donut lift)
In cases when a minor overhang exists it may be enough to perform an areola lift, also known as peri-areolar mastopexy or donut lift. Here the incisions are only placed around the areola. Through this incision the surgery has access to the underlying breast tissue which can be moved up and fastened into a higher position on the breast.
The method only leaves scaring around the areola but it is not possible to shape the breasts a lot or remove vast amounts of excess skin. These limitations imply the method leaving a slightly “flatter” bust than when using more invasive techniques, but it is however more suitable in some cases.
In order to treat a more extensive breast hang and by doing so remove greater amounts of skin and move the breasts up the skin under the areola needs to be stretched. This implies the surgeon using an incision which also leave a vertical scar between the areola and the mammary crease.
Most often the skin needs further stretching/tightening and to do this one needs to place an incision under the breast which then leaves a scar in the mammary crease.
The name “anchor lift” comes from the shape of the incision which is used and the scar that occurs around the areola, vertically over the breast and in a curve under the breast which looks like an anchor.
The nipples generally remain connected to their existing nerve and blood endings throughout the surgery. In some cases, if the breasts have a large overhang, it may be necessary to move the nipples further than what the nerve and blood connectors allow, which in turn increases the risk of decreased sensitivity.