In a breast lift, excess skin and breast tissue are removed. Several different incision patterns can be used to reposition the areola and nipple, and to remove excess tissue.
In this example, an arch-like incision above the nipple shows where excess skin and breast tissue will be removed to accommodate the raised nipple. After the nipple is raised, stitches follow the circumference of the areola.
To complete the reshaping, another incision is made vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast's natural lower crease.
Review Date 5/10/2019
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.