Breast lift surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons around the world. Various surgical techniques have been developed to reduce and refine breast shape, including vertical mastopexy. Board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Charlotte Ann Rhee MD is proud to offer the Lejour Vertical Mastopexy (Lollipop Procedure) to patients in Long Island.
If you are interested in the lollipop procedure, Charlotte Ann Rhee MD offers free consultations to see if you are a good candidate.
What Is Lejour Vertical Mastopexy?
Lejour Vertical Mastopexy is a type of breast surgery that involves a conservative vertical incision. This may also be referred to as a short-scar incision. The technique has been in use for many decades and has been refined by esteemed surgeons around the world to reshape the breasts with the most discreet scarring possible.
Candidates For Lejour Vertical Mastopexy Surgery
Ideal candidates for Lejour Vertical Mastopexy are women who want to reduce moderately large breasts to a smaller size that is more proportionate to other body curves, such as the hips and shoulders. Dr. Rhee performs a thoughtful examination of breast tissue to ensure the vertical incision technique will achieve the desired outcome. In general, surgical candidates are in good health and do not smoke.
What Is The Lollipop Incision?
A lollipop incision is named for its pattern. The initial part of a lollipop incision circles the areola, the colored skin that surrounds the nipple. Then, a second circular incision is made to notate the new nipple and areola position. Finally, a vertical incision is made from the low, center point of the second circular incision. This vertical line extends down to the natural crease below the breast. At the end of a lollipop mastopexy, the nipple and areola make up the top of the “lollipop” and a subtle suture creates a vertical line down the breast.
Benefits Of The Lollipop Incision For Breast Lift Surgery
In addition to reducing the breasts to the desired size, the Lejour Vertical Mastopexy can elevate the nipples and decrease the size of the areola to harmonize with the new, smaller breast size. Compared to other incision types, such as the anchor incision, a lollipop pattern is less extensive. The only resulting scar tissue occurs at the border of the areola and down the lower breast to the breast crease. There is no additional horizontal scar in the crease itself. The limited incision of the Lejour Vertical Mastopexy can support a shorter recovery period than would be necessary after an anchor incision surgery.
Real Patient Testimonial
“I had been having issues with my large breasts for many years and had seen a plastic surgeon years ago for surgery but did not feel comfortable with the doctor. Recently, my friend had a breast reduction by Dr Rhee and recommended her. I was so happy that she did. I had my surgery last week and I am amazed. I feel lighter and my neck pain is gone. My breasts are lifted and perky! My only regret is that I wish I had known about Dr Rhee earlier!” – Nadine L.
Lejour Vertical Mastopexy Procedure
Lollipop incision breast surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in an accredited surgical facility. Patients need to be driven to and from their procedure. After administering anesthesia, Dr. Rhee makes the circular and vertical incisions on the breast. The nipple and areola are lifted into a higher position to achieve a nice forward projection. A small amount of excess fatty tissue may be removed before superficial tissue is tightened to create a firm envelop of skin around the breast. Sutures are inserted to close the vertical incision.
Recovery After Lejour Vertical Breast Lift
Immediately after mastopexy, the breasts are dressed with pads, gauze, and a supportive surgical garment. Patients are released to a loved-one after a short period of monitored recovery that allows anesthesia to begin to wear off. At home, the patient may move around the house to promote blood flow. A light diet may be resumed that same day if so desired. Showering may resume the day after surgery. If prescription pain medication is being taken, the patient will need assistance getting in and out of the shower.
Support garments may initially be worn at all times. As tissue heals, the duration of wear decreases to daytime only for a short time before a regular bra may be worn all the time. Post-operative visits are conducted periodically to remove sutures and observe the progress of healing. The scars that form after surgery fade gradually over several months.
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Risks Of Lejour Vertical Mastopexy
No surgery is without risk. Patients who are interested in breast lift surgery are fully informed during their consultation regarding potential risks. Statistically speaking, there are fewer risks associated with the Lejour vertical mastopexy technique than other breast lift methods. However, complications such as nerve interruption, seroma formation, and infection are possible. Asymmetry may also occur, though this is often too subtle to affect appearance.