Vertical Breast Lift And Augmentation Technique
This figure shows the results of an vertical breast lift after several weeks of healing. The upper breast fullness and swelling have resolved, the breast tissue has "dropped", and the lower poles of the breasts have rounded out.
Vertical breast lift and augmentation is for women with inadequate breast size and mild to moderate breast ptosis.
With this technique, a central, vertical key-hole incision is made. Once the skin is removed, a breast implant is placed through the lower part of the cut-out.
Often, the deep layer of the breast tissue is sutured together to shape the breast. Finally, the areola is slid into a higher position and the skin is closed around the areola and down the center of the breast. The final scar is like a lollipop, with a scar around the areola and straight down the center of the breast to the breast fold.
On occasion, a small transverse scar is placed in the lower breast fold to help smooth out the closure.
Vertical Breast Lift And Augmentation Recovery
This technique typically does not cause puckering of the skin around the areola (as does the areolar breast lift), but it does leave the breast implants very high and perky and the bases of the breasts are very tight and flat. Within a few weeks after surgery, the implants drop and the breasts soften and begin to assume a nice appearance.
This is an example of a vertical breast lift. The implant is inserted through the lower part of the skin cut-out. The areola is then slid into a higher position and the skin is tightened and closed around the areola. Often, the deeper layers of tissue are also sewn together and tightened to shape the breast.
Here is the vertical breast lift and augmentation after the implants have been placed and the incisions are closed. Note the scar around the areola and down the center of the breast in the shape of a lollipop. The first few weeks after surgery implants are slightly high on the chest and the lower breast is flat and tight.