Sagging breasts are an unfortunate side effect of weight loss, aging, and pregnancy (especially if the mother breastfeeds). Dr. Thomas Lintner performs breast lift (mastopexy) procedures at the WellStar Kennestone Regional Hospital’s Outpatient Surgical Center. Sometimes, based on the patient’s goals and anatomy, breast implants are used during the surgery, to give a better shape to the breast.
Dr. Lintner performs two different types of breast lifts – depending on your individual case, he can help you determine the most appropriate surgical approach. In your patient consultation, Dr. Lintner will review various options with you and discuss candidacy requirements for mastopexy. He will also highlight what the procedure can and cannot accomplish, based on your personal preferences and unique anatomy. To help Dr. Lintner better understand your expectations, we recommend that you bring a picture of the look you are hoping to achieve. In some cases, Dr. Lintner may suggest more than one surgical option that can best meet your needs. Our staff excels at making this process easier for you and is available to answer questions or even arrange a second consult, if needed, in order for you to be comfortable with your decision.
Breast Lift Techniques
Dr. Lintner utilizes three main techniques for breast lift surgery: anchor, donut, and lollipop. Following your consultation, he will recommend the type of breast lift that can best achieve your aesthetic goals. He may suggest incorporating breast augmentation in conjunction with your breast lift if excessive volume loss has occurred. Although scars are inevitable, Dr. Lintner can minimize potential scarring through skillfully and carefully placed incisions. Post-surgical instructions will also be provided to help encourage proper healing and fading of scars.
Anchor Incision (Full Mastopexy)
Also known as an “inverted T,” the anchor incision is the most commonly used technique for mastopexy. Incisions will be placed in three locations: around the areola, vertically downward from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and along the breast fold. This method is ideal for addressing a significant amount of sagging or drooping of the breasts, as it allows Dr. Lintner to remove a great deal of excess tissue and skin so he can effectively resize and reshape the breasts.
Donut Incision (Periareolar Mastopexy)
This type of breast lift is often recommended for patients with a minimal amount of sagging or drooping. It is typically also ideal for individuals who wish to correct breast asymmetry or an imbalance in nipple position. Areolas can be reduced in size, as well, if desired. Incisions are made around the areola, allowing Dr. Lintner to remove a small amount of excess skin and lift the nipple to a higher position. Breast implants are frequently recommended as an addition to this procedure, due to its tendency to reduce projection of the breast and nipple. Scarring from this technique can easily be concealed around the circumference of the areola.
Breast Lift Recovery
After breast lift surgery, patients may experience some mild discomfort, but this can usually be managed with medication. If breast implants have been placed as part of your procedure, recovery will be similar to that of breast augmentation. Dr. Lintner will provide you with customized aftercare instructions — carefully following these directions can be crucial to a successful recovery and ideal results.
To allow for sufficient healing time, Dr. Lintner generally advises breast lift patients to take at least a week off from work and other regular activities. During recovery, it is also strongly recommended to receive assistance with childcare, housework, and/or other daily tasks for up to one week. The gym and other strenuous activities should be avoided for approximately one month.
Learn More About Breast Lift Surgery
Dr. Thomas Lintner is aware that you not only need information regarding your breast lift procedure, but you must also feel comfortable with the surgeon who will perform the surgery. Because of this, he has provided additional details on the procedure written in his own words. Read Dr. Lintner’s thoughts below on breast lifts.
If you would like to learn more about mastopexy, or are interested in scheduling a one-on-one consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, please contact our office. In your consultation, Dr. Lintner can provide you with detailed and personalized answers to your questions.