Marina del Rey
Dr. David Stoker
4640 Admiralty Way #1000
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
There are several key decisions that must be made in planning a breast lift in Los Angeles. Breast shapes and patient goals vary widely. The surgical plan for a breast lift should be customized to the patient's particular body shape and desires. The best way to understand your options is by having a thorough consultation with me.
The traditional breast lift technique involves removing the excess skin and tissue, sliding the nipple and underlying breast tissue into a higher position, and closing the edges of skin on the lower breast. While the traditional lift may initially improve the breast shape, its weakness is that only the skin supports the lifted breast after surgery. The breast tissue is pushed upward by the skin rather than the breast tissue itself being attached in a lifted position. With only the skin lifting the breast, it's difficult to create an ideally shaped breast that is well-supported in the long term.
Many of my breast lift patients do not require implants. This is because I use advanced techniques which allow me to achieve the effect of a small implant using the woman's own tissue. It's a big advantage for those who want more upper breast fullness without an actual increase in breast volume. However, for patients who want bigger breasts, combining breast augmentation with a lift is probably the best choice.
The incision locations vary depending on the goal of the breast lift. One of my areas of specialization is minimizing the incisions needed to create a significant improvement for the patient. The basic choices for breast implant scar location include the following:
The crescent lift results in a semicircular scar that is camouflaged at the upper aspect of the areola. The crescent lift may provide up to 2 centimeters of elevation of the areola. It is best for small lifts or cases where symmetry may be improved by adjusting one or both areolas.
The circumareolar lift results in a scar that is camouflaged around the outer aspect of the areola. It allows adjustment in the size and position of the areolas, but does not provide much lift for the lower portion of the breast.
The lollipop breast lift has a scar that is concealed around the circumference of the areola, as well as a vertical scar on the lower portion of the breast. This procedure gives a significant amount of lift to the lower portions of the breast, as well as the nipple. It allows me to transform a droopy and "boxy" breast into a round and perky breast.
The inverted-T scar, or anchor scar, is essentially the lollipop with an additional incision underneath the breast. This procedure allows me to maximize the amount of lift and treat substantial droopiness of the breast. It is most commonly used for women who have a large amount of excess breast skin, typically after significant changes in breast size following breastfeeding or weight loss.