When getting a breast lift, does the surgeon go in through the nipple?
The traditional mastopexy scar pattern includes a circumareolar scar (around the outer border of the nipple-areola complex), a vertical scar from the 6 o’clock position of the areola to the inframammary fold, and a scar in the inframammary fold. This is sometimes referred to as an ‘inverted-T lift’ or an ‘anchor lift’. Again, these terms describe only the pattern of the surgical scars, but do not describe the internal portion of the procedure that is designed to restore breast projection and to create a lifted appearance. So, the incision through the nipple, but one incision is around the areola.
During a breast lift the nipple areola is preserved and not entered or cut through. The entire nipple areola is moved to a position higher on the breast.
Thank you for your question. During traditional breast lifting the nipple is not disturbed. Incisions are carefully made around the nipple and areola and skin is removed from above and below the nipple. This acts to raise the breast and nipple. A breast augmentation will also give the breast some lift. During your consultation with Dr. Monasebian the procedure will be described in more detail as well as the most appropriate procedure(s) for you.
A breast lift means different things to different patients. To a plastic surgeon, a lift means creating a fuller breast with a nipple positioned higher on the chest. This usually requires an incision around the areola, but not through the nipple. Sometimes a breast augmentation lifts the breast so no incision around the nipple or areola is needed. Finally, if the breast is very large with a lot of sagging, We can make the breast smaller while lifting it up and this too requires incisions around the nipple or areola.
If a full lift is needed, there is an incision around the areola, up and down on the breast and there may be a small incision in the inframammary fold under. It is known as an inverted T. We do not go through the nipple. Usually sensation is preserved and the breasts are fuller and higher, If there is not enough volume, we may add an implant.
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