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Periareolar Breast Lift

Incisions made around the nipple.

Need a Little Lift?

Periareolar breast lift can help.

When patients have a bit more sagginess and an implant alone will not take care of the issues, we often recommend a periareolar breast lift. This operation is designed to lift the nipple and areola into a higher position and also provide a relatively small breast lift. A periareolar incision is made around the darker skin that surrounds the nipple and is used to lift the breast and nipple into a higher position with or without breast implants. In most cases, women with saggy breasts also have wide nipples and areolas which are reduced to make them more proportionate with the rest of the breast size. This is often the ideal incision for such a situation. Healing of these incisions usually proceeds smoothly with incisions becoming relatively undetectable to the naked eye. If a breast implant is used it can be placed above or below the pectoral muscle using this technique.

Make an appointment today with Dr. Aldo to discuss the periareolar breast lift procedure.

Periareolar incision diagram
Periareolar breast lift incision lines.
before after
Actual patient, periareolar breast lift.

Can Lift Oh So Much

Compliment your lift with a breast implant.

The only limitation with this procedure is the amount of skin that can be removed. For instance, when the nipple has to be lifted by 2 to 4 centimeters, only a small amount of skin requires removal, and this incision works with great results. The limit of nipple elevation with the periareolar technique is about 5 centimeters, elevating the nipple beyond this amount will be difficult and creates too much tension on the skin closure. After the plastic surgery procedure, the breast appears a bit flat and there will be pleats in the skin around the nipple where the incision was made. Pleating and breast flatness eventually go away, but this can take up to 6 months, depending on the amount of lift that was done. We prefer to use high-profile implants for most of our areolar breast lifts because these provide greater breast projection and allow the breast to regain its round, natural shape sooner.