If you experience droopy or sagging breasts, you know just how off-putting they can be as well as the way they can affect your self-esteem. This is why many women come to our San Antonio plastic surgery center and consider breast lift surgery (mastopexy). The procedure is an effective way of reducing drooping and sagging, enhancing self-esteem and overall body contour.
There are different ways that breast lift surgery can be performed, which means tailoring treatment to the patient. With that in mind, let's consider the procedure in general, and then focus on the periareolar form of the surgery.
How Breast Lift Surgery Is Performed
A breast lift surgery involves the removal of some breast tissue and the adjustment of underlying structures of the breast to help improve the pertness and perkiness of the breast. In order to accomplish this, incisions will be made on the breast itself. There are different incision methods, one of which is known as the periareolar technique.
About the Periareolar Breast Lift Surgery
Periareolar breast lift surgery refers to techniques in which a small incision is made around the areola, which is the small, circular patch of skin that surrounds a woman's nipple. Through this small incision, the necessary adjustments and tissue removal can be accomplished. This is considered one of the least invasive forms of breast lift surgery, and presents certain advantages as well as limitations.
When the Periareolar Breast Lift Is Used
The periareolar breast lift technique is most typically used when a woman needs just a small amount of lifting and improvement of perkiness. For breast lift surgery that also involves the placement of a breast implant (i.e., a combined breast lift and augmentation procedure), the periareolar technique may prove quite effective as an option.
Ideal Candidates for Periareolar Breast Lift Surgery
The best candidates for periareolar breast lift surgery are women who would like to enhance the pertness, perkiness, and shape of their breasts. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from any health conditions that could make a breast enhancement procedure a potential health risk. Patients should go into a breast lift surgery knowing all of the risks and benefits, and they should have realistic expectations about the results.
How Visible Is the Scarring from Periareolar Breast Lift?
The visibility of scarring after a periareolar breast lift surgery can vary from patient to patient. The majority of patients experience minimal scarring, and with time the surgical scar blends in seamlessly with the edge of the areola. Some patients may have significant issues with scarring after surgery based on genetics and because they have had issues with post-surgical scarring in past procedures.
During the consultation process, we can go over these matters and discuss additional risks to consider given your medial history and past experiences with surgeries.
Considering Other Incision Options and Surgical Techniques
If the periareolar technique for breast lift proves ineffective for your surgical needs, there are other ways that the breast lift can be performed. Traditional anchor-shaped incisions can be used, for instance, or a so-called lollipop technique can split the difference between the areola incision and the traditional breast lift incisions. We will be more than happy to go over these matters with you in person.