A periareolar lift is a specific technique used for performing a breast lift, also known as mastopexy.
This particular incision is designed for patients that suffer from a mild amount of sagging (ptosis) in their breasts: not enough to justify a vertical or inverted-T lift, but significant enough to render crescent and non-invasive methods ineffective.
Our head surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, is a double board-certified surgeon who specialises in breast lift surgery. With extensive experience in the field, he has the skills and expertise to design a bespoke surgical approach, taking into account each patient’s unique anatomy and desired aesthetic.
Pros and Cons of a Periareolar Breast Lift
The main pros of a periareolar lift are:
- Ideal for medium lift – the procedure involves an incision that caters to a medium-level need for a lift.
- Minimally-invasive – within the spectrum of breast lift techniques, the periareolar lift is one of the most effective and least invasive, with just one incision required.
- Low scar visibility – due to the nature of the incision, which traces the full edge of the areola, this breast lift scars in a way that makes it virtually invisible to the naked eye.
The main cons of a periareolar lift are:
- Potential impact on breastfeeding – like with any breast surgery, a periareolar breast lift can potentially reduce milk production for breastfeedingl
- Circular-shaped scar – some women may have predispositions towards a scar that encircles the nipple.
Ideal Candidate for Periareolar Breast Lift
For women experiencing a low to medium amount of sagging (ptosis) in their breasts, a periareolar lift is an effective solution. Through this procedure, your nipple is likely to be lifted a maximum of 2-3 cm.
A periareolar lift is ideal for patients that have small to medium-sized breasts. It is also essential that patients have a BMI of under 30 in order to have the procedure here at the CREO Clinic.
Periareolar Breast Lift Procedure
Once an anaesthetic has been administered, the surgeon will make an incision following the outer pigment of the areola until a disc of skin can be removed.
Following this, the outer and inner circles of skin are then brought back together to tighten up the skin and raise the position of the nipple.
How Long is Recovery After a Periareolar Breast Lift?
In general, you can expect to return back to work and resume most of your activities within the first couple of weeks post-procedure – once the initial swelling and soreness in the breasts has reduced. Most patients make a full recovery from a periareolar breast lift after six weeks.
When Can You See Results After a Periareolar Breast Lift?
As is the case with any breast lift surgery, your breasts may feel tight and appear a little higher than expected immediately after the procedure. However, over the next couple of months, your body will begin to heal, allowing the swelling to subside.
By this time, you’ll notice that your breasts look perkier in appearance and have settled into their natural position.
Other Types of Breast Lift
Aside from the periareolar lift, your surgeon may use one of the other types of breast lift, depending on the nature of your breasts and your desired outcome.
- Crescent Lift – this technique involves a small incision along the top half of the areola and is ideal for patients that have minor sagging in the breasts. As the least invasive type of breast lift, this technique only allows the surgeon to lift and reposition the areola.
- Vertical Lift – this technique involves a lollipop-shaped incision that encircles the areola, as well as a vertical incision from the base of the areola down to the crease of the breast. This lift allows the surgeon to remove a larger amount of excess skin, elevate the nipple, and reduce the size of the areola – making it ideal for patients with a moderate to high amount of excess skin.
- Inverted-T Lift – this technique is the most invasive type of breast lift, with a third incision along the crease of the breast. An inverted-t lift allows the surgeon to remove the maximum amount of excess skin, so it is ideal for patients with large breasts or a significant amount of excess skin that extends both horizontally and vertically.
Schedule a Consultation With CREO Clinic Today
If you’re interested in breast lift surgery using the periareolar technique, contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with CREO Clinic today.
Our double board-certified surgeon, Dr Tillo, specialises in a host of cosmetic procedures, including mastopexy, and will be able to design a bespoke treatment plan for you.