Achieve a Natural-looking Lift with the Doughnut Mastopexy Technique

Over time, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the natural aging process can contribute to sagging breasts. Many of our patients' confidence is diminished by this change, but there is a cosmetic solution. A breast lift is an effective procedure for restoring the breasts to a more youthful, proportionate position. For women who have smaller breasts with a moderate degree of drooping, a doughnut mastopexy may be the right surgical approach.

To learn more about doughnut mastopexy and other breast lift options, contact our Minneapolis, MN, office today, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Gregory Mesna.

A Closer Look at Doughnut Mastopexy

Doughnut mastopexy, also known as periareolar mastopexy, is performed with incisions that encircle the outer periphery of the areolae. Compared to other types of breast lift surgery, such as lollipop- or anchor-shaped incisions, a doughnut mastopexy requires the smallest and fewest number of incisions.

The Procedure

During surgery, Dr. Mesna will carefully make an incision where the colored portion of the nipple, the areola, meets the skin. He will then make a second circular incision that surrounds the first, creating a ring-shaped opening around the areola. Through this opening, Dr. Mesna will lift the underlying tissues, pulling them into a lifted position. He will also remove excess fat and skin. Finally, he will suture the tissue on either side of the incisions together, effectively tightening the skin and creating a perkier, more pleasing shape.

Because a doughnut mastopexy does not provide access to the lower portion of the breast (like a standard breast lift does), this technique achieves a moderate amount of lift. While this enhancement can create a dramatic difference for women with smaller breasts, a more comprehensive approach may be needed for women with larger breasts or more severe sagging.

Treatment Benefits

Nude woman outstretching one arm and covering her breasts with the other arm

For the right patients, doughnut mastopexy can provide a number of advantages over other breast lift approaches. If you choose this type of mastopexy, you can expect to enjoy:

  • A natural-looking lift to your breasts
  • Enhanced confidence in your appearance
  • A more youthful-looking bust line
  • Clothes, swimsuits, and bras that fit better
  • Minimal scarring that is hidden in the natural outline of the areolae

Many women choose a breast lift as a stand-alone procedure to rejuvenate the natural appearance of their bust. Other patients combine a breast lift with implants for a more comprehensive enhancement to their overall figure. Dr. Mesna will work closely with you to ensure he understands your unique goals, outlining an individually tailored treatment plan to meet them.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

While deciding on a lift technique is a serious consideration, the most important decision you will make regarding your breast surgery is choosing a reputable plastic surgeon. By choosing a surgeon backed by decades of experience, such as Dr. Mesna, you are protecting your health, safety, and satisfaction in your results. If you are interested in learning more about breast lifts, including a doughnut mastopexy, please reach out to our practice today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesna.

Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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