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The Heavy Lifting: Breast Implants vs. Lift

Published on September 22nd, 2022

If you’re looking to enhance your breasts, you probably already know about breast implants, but did you know it’s often accompanied by a breast lift? A mastopexy, or as it’s known colloquially, a breast lift, is a surgical procedure to treat the loss of elasticity or firmness to the breasts and restores and reshapes the breast to appear more youthful. There are three main options when it comes to breast lifts: the periareolar lift: a technique that involves making two circular incisions around the areola and ideal for patients who only require minor adjustment; the anchor lift, where an incision is made not only around the areola, but vertically from the areola to the breast crease, as well as horizontally, curving along the breast crease, giving the incision an anchor-like look, and is ideal for patients in need of dramatic reshaping and with considerable sagging. The third option is known as the lollipop lift.

The lollipop breast lift is a type of breast lift technique that treats the breast as a three-dimensional structure. A lollipop breast lift is done by making an incision around the areola and another vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, giving the incision a lollipop-like look. It’s ideal for those that need moderate reshaping and lift, as it allows your surgeon to remove both the excess skin and reshape the breast while only leaving minimal scars that can be easily hidden—even in the most barely-there bikini tops. The minimal incisions also mean a shorter recovery time compared to more extensive techniques.

A traditional breast augmentation, that is, a breast augmentation with implants, adds volume to the breasts by surgically placing a silicone or saline implant into the breast pocket. As ffor scarring, any time an incision is made in your body scarring is possible. One of the most important factors in whether you’re left with noticeable scars is your choice of a plastic surgeon. Dr. Barrett has developed detailed scar management protocols and closure techniques to reduce visible scarring for his patients. Additionally, his curated breast augmentation recovery kit sets his breast augmentation patients up for surgical success with the least amount of down time and discomfort possible. Things like red light or stim light therapy used right after surgery and beyond, can help significantly with swelling, bruising and even with scarring because it penetrates the body at the cellular level with specific wavelengths of light, reducing inflammation and supporting tissue repair and regeneration.

As we mentioned, many women choose to accompany their breast lift surgery with breast implants, in order to give them back the volume that may have been lost to time and/or breastfeeding. It’s also an option for those with no interest in breast implants. Whichever procedure you choose; your breast lift will give you dramatic results that will last for years. And as always, remember to heed all the advice of your surgeon.

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