Lollipop Breast Lift Technique

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Lollipop breast lift technique can produce an impressive shape provided that the patient only requires mild to moderate amount of correction—i.e., the nipple is only slightly below the submammary fold.


This technique uses incisions precisely around the areola’s border for optimal concealment, and a vertical scar between the nipple and the submammary fold.


While the vertical scar is quite small, it is positioned in a more obvious location.  Nonetheless, most patients can expect that it will fade into a fine line after 1-2 years; this is particularly true for women with a fair skin.


Contrary to popular belief, breast lift surgery not only involves the removal of excess skin.  First and foremost, the elasticity of skin means it is not strong enough to hold the new contour long term.


It is always critical to reshape the actual breast tissue; this is possible by elevating it through the use of internal sutures during surgery.  While to some extent it can improve the fullness in the upper poles, women who expect “more” may elect to have small implants, which can also provide some internal lifting effect.


Because lollipop breast lift technique does not use the submammary fold incision, which is the case of the anchor or standard method, most patients can expect quicker recovery.


It is important to note that the submammary fold incision is quite prone to small wound separations due to the natural tension in the area.  Simply put, the recovery from lollipop breast lift is “less challenging” compared to the anchor technique.


Aside from elevating the breast tissue, it is also critical to reposition the areolar complex, possibly even reduce its size to produce a more proportionate result. 


One study has suggested that a breast shape with 45:55 ratio (the areolar complex serving as the delineating mark between the upper and lower breast pole) is the most ideal.  Hence, a good surgeon will make every effort to adhere to this core principle.  

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon