"Doughnut mastopexy" is a type of breast lift surgery that involves less skin removal and results in a significantly faster recovery time than breast lift surgery performed with the standard “anchor” technique. The scarring from doughnut mastopexy occurs around the circumference of the nipple and areola, and is often less noticeable than the vertical scars from the standard technique. It should be noted that the doughnut technique may not be a good option for women with larger breasts.
During breast lift surgery, some doctors may use a different technique called a doughnut mastopexy. A doughnut mastopexy is a method that reduces scarring following breast lift surgery. Women with larger breasts are generally not good candidates for this particular procedure, but may be good candidates for a standard breast lift. Below you will find out more about this technique.
Incisions and Scarring
When performing a doughnut mastopexy, the breast lift surgeon first makes two circular incisions around the circumference of the areola. The doughnut-shaped area of skin is then removed and the remaining skin is reattached to the areola.
Depending on the size of the two concentric circles removed, there may be considerable difference in the circumference of the areola and the amount of adjacent skin to be re-attached. For this reason, there may be some wrinkling of the skin around the nipple following a doughnut mastopexy. Although this is one of the risks of breast lift surgery, most patients consider the benefits of a breast lift to significantly outweigh the chance of wrinkling around the nipple. Be sure to choose a qualified breast lift surgeon that you may comfortably discuss your concerns with.
In some cases, a surgeon may recommend the “lollipop incision” technique, which involves making an additional vertical incision on the breast. Talk to your doctor to find out more about doughnut mastopexy, the lollipop incision technique, and other breast lift options. A surgeon can examine your breasts and determine which approach is best for you.
Patients with small, sagging breasts are the best candidates for doughnut mastopexy, which may not be suitable for all breast types. If your breasts are too large or sag considerably, this form of breast lift surgery will not be appropriate. However there are other breast lift surgery options which may be a better fit for your needs and goals, such as the standard anchor-shape incision, which works well with most breast types, or the laser bra lift technique, which can provide additional support after your surgery. Talk to your doctor to find out if you are a candidate for the doughnut mastopexy technique, or if another surgical approach is better suited to your individual needs.
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