I am a size 34DD, and I'm starting to get pretty self-conscience of them. I see that they're starting to look saggy & that most of the fat in my boobs are near the bottom of my boob, and at the top they look pretty flat so I think I have excess skin. I have looked into a specific breast surgery called the 'lollipop incision' as I think this is the perfect type of surgery to fit my needs. Would I be a good candidate for it? Does it look like my boobs would benefit from it?
Would I Be a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction/lift? (photo)
Doctor Answers (14)
Depends on your symptoms
The photos show some significant droopiness, asymmetry, and areolar enlargement. For patients to be candidates for breast reduction they typically have to have chronic neck, shoulder and back pain, rashes under the breasts, shoulder grooves, and large breasts. They also have to show a failure of conservative treatments. Considering the photos, you may be a better candidate for a breast lift which removes excess skin without significantly reducing the size of the breasts.
Minimal Incision Breast Reduction/Breast Lift - A Great Procedure
Yes, I think you would be a great candidate for a minimal incision Breast Reduction/Breast Lift surgery using a “vertical” or “lollipop” scar technique. This method has been used in Brazil and France for many years but is performed by a minority of Plastic Surgeons in this country. The benefits include: approximately fifty percent less scarring, a narrower breast, better forward projection and shape, longer lasting improvement, shorter surgery time and less complications. In general, I have stopped using the older traditional “anchor” or inverted “T” incisions as these provide inferior results. The procedure is done under general anesthesia on an out-patient basis or in the hospital it there are additional medical conditions.
Good Candidate for Breast Lift?
Thank you for the question and pictures.
Yes, I think you will be an excellent candidate for breast lifting/reduction; this operation will serve to improve the position and symmetry of the breasts on your chest wall. It is likely that you will benefit from the vertical or “anchor” mastopexy procedure. Depending on your goals, breast implants may be helpful to achieve superior pole fullness.
I would suggest that you pick your plastic surgeon carefully and see lots of examples of his/her work. Communicate your goals clearly (I prefer the use of goal pictures).
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You can't "pick" your breast lift
You certainly do need a full breast lift for a better look and tone. The shape and long term results are far better in my 25 years experience with a central pedicle lift which not only shapes the breast mound but also shapes the skin envelope using a T scar. There are some really weird final results out there from just a lollipop incision because the skin isn't addressed in 3 dimensions. In fact, I just fixed one this past week from a local surgeon. So go to the doctor with the best results, not just the least scar.
Best Breast Lift (Mastopexy) for Me
You could DEFINITELY benefit from a Breast Lift (Mastopexy). You have very saggy, asymmetric breasts with very large areolae. A Breast Lift would definitely help you. While there are several ways to lift breasts, in my opinion, a Short Scar Mastopexy (Hall-Findlay technique) may give you the best and longest lasting result.
Peter A Aldea, MD
Thanks for your question. You are an excellent candidate for a lift with or without significant reduction. Please find a board certified plastic surgeon.
Would I Be a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction/lift?
To me based upon the posted photos you are a candidate for a full inverted T or anchor lift, NOT a lollipop.
I would say you look like a good candidate for a lift and small reduction with the goal of C cup range. The lollipop works well for many but I would end up with a short inverted T closure based on your pictures as it reduces the rate of needing a touch up operation. Good luck and please see a board plastic surgeon.
Unless you are suffering from back/neck pain, I would recommend a lift
Using your hand lift your breasts up. If you like the size of your breasts and the position, then all you need is a lift.
Martin Jugenburg, MD
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