During the past several years, I’ve seen a significant increase in the number of women who want breast lift surgery. This is a trend among plastic surgeons not just on Long Island, but nationwide, as well. According to statistical reports from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, the number of breast lift procedures increased by 70% between 2000 and 2013.
So why are so many women getting breast lifts? A recent Allure magazine article pointed to new devices such as “internal bras” using wire mesh or sutures as one reason for the rise in popularity. New devices have certainly played a role, but I also attribute the procedure’s rising popularity to advances in surgical techniques. Specifically, more surgeons are offering breast lifts using a “lollipop” incision that results in a shorter scar than the traditional “anchor” lift.
Breast lift surgery can help women regain youthful perkiness lost because of pregnancy, weight loss, or simply aging. In the past, many women who would have benefitted from the procedure shied away because they were concerned about the appearance of scars on their breasts. The increased use of the lollipop incision helps alleviate those concerns.
A breast lift elevates the position of the nipple, can reduce the size of the areola, redistributes breast tissue, and recontours the breast so it is rounder and perkier. The lollipop lift accomplishes this with 2 incisions:
- A circular incision is made just outside the edge of the areola, or the dark skin surrounding the nipple.
- A vertical incision extends downward from below the areola to the underside of the breast.
The anchor incision, or inverted T technique, adds a third incision, which runs horizontally along the crease under the breast, creating an anchor shape.
Many of my patients are excited to find out they don’t need this third incision. I also don’t use surgical drains for the breast lift procedure, which patients tend to find uncomfortable during recovery.
To benefit from a short-scar lift, patients should make sure their plastic surgeon has experience using the technique and has an extensive gallery of before-and-after photos showing the results. I’m pleased to see more patients are benefitting from this transformative procedure.