Mastopexy is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and can utilize several different incision options. The most appropriate incision will be determined by a number of different factors, including the patient’s breast size and shape, degree of sagging, size and position of the nipples, amount of excess skin, skin quality and more. Some of the most commonly used incisions for breast lift include:
- Standard Anchor Incision. The standard technique for breast lift involves a circular incision made around the areola, a vertical incision down towards the bottom of the breast and a horizontal incision along the crease of the breast. Excess skin and tissue are gently removed, and the remaining tissue is tightened. The nipple remains in place during a breast relief procedure, allowing patients to breastfeed after surgery if they choose.
- Peri-areolar Incision. Considered less invasive than a standard incision, this technique involves creating two circle incisions around the areolas and removing the skin and tissue in between for a tighter, rounder breast. Scarring is often less noticeable with this technique, which is considered ideal for small to medium breasts with a moderate amount of drooping.
With either type of incision, Dr. Chaudhari will lift and reshape the breast tissue, forming a new, rejuvenated contour. The nipple and areola are moved to a higher location on the breast. Finally, the excess breast skin that results from poor elasticity is trimmed and stitches are placed deep throughout the breast tissue to support the lifted breasts.