It involves lifting the breast tissue along with the nipple at a higher level on the chest. There is removal of excess breast tissue, extra skin and if required reduction of size of areola. It is done under general anaesthesia and takes around 2-3 hours. There are three basic techniques to do breast lift depending on the amount of breast sagging.
Peri-areolar lift : is preferred for small size breasts and sagging. The incision is given around areola in the shape of Donuts, therefore it is also known as Donut Lift.
Vertical lift : is preferred for moderate size breasts and sagging. The incision given is in the shape of a lollipop that starts around the areola running down just above the bottom of breast.
Inverted-T lift : is preferred for large size breasts and sagging. The incision given is in the shape of an anchor/inverted that starts around the areola running vertically down to the crease beneath the breast.
It is important to understand that in all techniques there will be a scar, which gets better with time.