I have 36 C/d sized breast, 5'1" 135 lbs 38 yrs old with 2 kids. I need a lift but don't want the scar. I like the perky look of my younger breasts and would like to remain the same size. what options do i have?
What are My Breast Lift Options? (Photo)
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Scars in a breast lift
Martin Jugenburg, MD
Breast lifts without scars
A true breast lift requires an incision (and thus scar) around the areola and from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary crease. Periareolar (and particularly the "crescent" lift) are not true breast lifts and even the old apporach of seeming to lift the breast using skin tucks (wise pattern) is not a true lift and will stretch back out again. In your situation, the difference in volume could be addressed with liposuction of the right breast with an insignificant scar. This will not lift it or raise the nipple-areola to the level of the left. The simplest true solution would be a small reduction and lift of the right breast through a "vertical" or lollipop type incision to try to match the left side. Most would recommend a lift of both sides with more lift on the right and a small reduction of breast tissue on the right.
I would not recommend breast lift for you
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There is a new technique for lifting breasts without making your breasts smaller and without the vertical scar. It's called the Ultimate Breast Lift. This technique raises your breast mound high while making your new breast firm and perky. It works for all breast types. Best wishes, Dr. H
Breast Lift Candidate?
Thank you for the question and picture.
Only YOU can answer the question whether breast lifting is "worth it" or not in your specific case. It will come down to how much the the "deformity" (position of the nipples) bothers you versus the costs ( time, money, scarring) associated with fixing the “deformity”.
Based on the pictures it is clear that a breast lift will help you by raising the nipple/areola complexes and tighten up the breast skin envelope.
The operation will likely involve incisions around the areola as well as vertically oriented ('vertical mastopexy"). The trade-off typically seen with breast lifting is improvement in breast position versus the presence of scars. Whether to proceed with the surgery becomes a very personal decision that should be made after weighing the pros and cons carefully.
I hope this helps.
There are techniques to minimize noticeable scars
The concept behind a breast lift is to remove excess skin from the "envelope"that holds the breast tissue. This will compress the breasts so you may have a little less volume but you will have more tissue in the upper portion of your breast. From looking at your photos it would be difficult to do the procedure exclusively with incision around the areola. You will need to add either a vertical incision from the areola down to the inframmary crease or a horizontal incision in the inframmary crease. The whole idea of a breast lift is to have the nipple at the peak of the breast mound and keep the distance between the areola and the inframmary crease around 4-5 inches. In addition, most plastic surgeons use a "cookie-cutter" metal template to make the new areola approximately 4 cm in diameter. Your areola appear to be larger than that and if you don't want to make them smaller you should let the plastic surgeon know
Breast Lift Without Reduction
You can keep your original breast size but have the nipple elevated, more fullness at the top, and the breast fold shorter using a breast lift. My choice is to use a short scar (Lejour technique) to accomplish this.
Breast Lift Options to Minimize Scar
There are three ways to do a lift, basically. They are peri-areolar, vertical (lollipop), and anchor or inverted-T.
The peri-areolar technique tends to flatten the breast, not make it perky, unless an implant is used. For someone who already has sufficient volume and does not want more, not a good choice.
That leaves the other techniques. For a patient who does not need much nipple elevation, the vertical lift might be fine. However, there is a scar on the front of the breast. This scar usually heals well as a fine line over time.
Sometimes the vertical lift requires the addition of a small horizontal incision in the inframammary fold to remove excess skin in the vertical direction.
Unfortunately, when excess skin must be removed to get elevation, there will have to be a scar on the front of the breast. These trade-offs should be frankly discussed with your plastic surgeon and should be acceptable to you if you want a breast lift that has the potential to give a nice lifted shape.
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