2022 Top Breast Lift Trends

What is a Breast Lift

Breast Lift Surgery involves the raising and reshaping of the breasts, to help make them firmer and put them back where they used to be. A Breast Lift (with or without adding breast implants)  is a procedure for women who are battling the forces of nature and sagging breasts. Droopy breasts are the after-effects of not only pregnancy and ageing, but also genetics and environmental factors.


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Find out more about Breast Lift Surgery Trends and Surgical Best practices in this Video by Dr Craig Rubinstein – chosen as a top Breast and Tummy Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne.

  1. Using the Minimal Scar technique – Lollipop or Le Jour technique
  2. Preservation of nipple sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed
  3. The ‘Internal bra’ surgical technique for added breast support
  4. Drain-free surgery where possible
  5. Not using external stitches, instead, using internal dissolvable stitches
  6. More Patient requests for rapid recovery and minimal downtime after surgery
  7. The provision of all-inclusive personalized post-operative management

Using the Minimal scar technique (Lollipop or Le Jour) – Trend #1

Lollipop Scar Breast Surgery

When we talk about surgery, incision and scar questions are never far behind. How big will they be? Where will they be? will they be obvious?

Most Breast Lift patients want/need the lift but don’t want the scars. There is a special technique that can minimize the size and visibility of the Breast Lift scars. This is known as the Le Jour technique or lollipop incision technique.

As the name and the picture to the left suggests, the incision looks similar to a lollipop. Furthermore, with the incision being made around the nipple and down toward the breast crease it is not often visible and once it healing is complete it will be barely noticeable. The Lollipop incision is Dr Craig’s preferred incision technique for breast lifting surgery.

Which surgical technique is better for Breast lifting? – The classic Anchor technique or newer Lollipop technique?

The anchor breast lift is a very effective surgical treatment for breast uplifting. The name of the procedure comes from the shape of the incision used in the surgery: a nautical anchor.

Anchor Scar - Breast Lift Trends

Three incisions are made on the breast:

  • One around the areola in the shape of a circle
  • Incision two is made down from the base of the areola to the breast crease
  • And, the last incision is made along the breast crease, under the breast. This is the incision that is avoided when using the above Lollipop incision.

As mentioned previously, the lollipop breast lift involves only two surgical incisions: a ring around the areola and one straight incision from the bottom of the areola towards the breast crease. These incisions allow greater flexibility in adjusting the breast size and also make it easier to hide the cuts made on the skin. This technique is much more popular due to the fact that the scars are smaller.

Below is an Animated Video of a Breast Lift Surgery using the Anchor technique

(This shows the classic Anchor technique – not the Lollipop technique used by Dr Craig)

Preservation of nipple sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed – Trend #2

The nipple has two parts: the nipple and the areola. The nipple is attached to the milk ducts, allowing mothers to breastfeed their babies. Aside from minimizing scars, most women want to preserve the sensitivity of their nipples to ensure that they are still able to breastfeed should they want children in the future.

However, while there is no guarantee that the nipple will remain as sensitive as it was before the surgery, due to the development and studies of breast lift surgery, there is a higher chance of sustaining or keeping the sensitivity of the nipple.

How to preserve nipple sensitivity after surgery

One technique in keeping the preservation of nipple sensitivity would be to avoid the nerves below the nipple. The surgery ensures that the nipples are to be made a “normal size”, in symmetry, with good sensitivity so the patient should have no feeling of numbness or discomfort.

With meticulous surgical technique, it is achievable to retain the sensitivity of the nipple—though there is a possibility of numbness for some time during the healing process.

Once your breasts have healed, provided you have not had any complications your sensitivity should go back to normal.

The ‘Internal bra’ surgical technique for added breast support – Trend #3

breast lift surgery without implant mastopexy

The internal bra technique is used in complex breast augmentation cases, breast reduction, and lift procedures. Though it is called an “internal bra”, it does not signify that it will definitely replace the use of a bra but instead create a much better way to support the breast internally.

The technique is also used to correct implant complications such as Symmastia and “double bubble”. Symmastia is when the skin and muscle between the breasts detach and the two pockets of tissue that hold the implants become one.

A double bubble is a deformity where the implant drops down behind the natural breast crease.

To fix these deformities, the surgeon will tighten or strengthen the pocket so that the implants will be held in a better and correct position.

What happens during the internal bra procedure?

  • The main goal of this procedure is to control the position, shape, or implant of the breast so that the breast may be supported internally. A common technique or method would be to use a permanent or semi-permanent suture.

Drain-free surgery where possible – Trend #4


The fourth top breast lift trend would be reducing the use of drain tubes. Drain tubes are placed at the end of different types of plastic surgeries such as gynecomastia (male breast reduction), tummy tuck surgery, and breast reduction. The main purpose of the tubes is to remove the excess blood and fluid from the site or area where the surgery took place – but drains can be difficult to manage and can be painful when removed.

Most surgery procedures do not need drain tubes but many factors are taken into account and Dr Craig makes this decision on a case by case basis and will use them only if required.


Not using external stitches (internal dissolvable stitches instead) – Trend #5

Surgeons today rarely use external stitches when doing Breast lift surgery. This is due to the fact that the surgeon will have to remove them at a later date. While dissolvable stitches are absorbed readily into the skin and do not require an extra appointment for their removal.

Moreover, they are often used to close incisions, they are considered safe and are designed to disappear over time. There are different variables and each body is considered different, so the definite time of recovery will vary with each patient.

Factors that effect recovery, include:

  • How the surgical procedure went
  • The dissolvable stitches used
  • The healing ability of the patient’s
  • The size of the sutures

It is important to note that you should not touch or ever try to remove any stitches by yourself. Instead, contact your doctor or clinic.

Patient requests for rapid recovery and minimal downtime – Trend #6

Rapid recovery is defined as a method post-surgery that can help shorten the recovery time of each patient. After a successful surgery, a successful recovery is usually what follows next.

Although doctors are different most have similar steps when it comes to the recovery process. These steps usually include:

  1. The first step is to take care of the body.
  2. Next is to stay hydrated and eat well to give the body good nutrients
  3. Stay hygienic and follow surgeon directions for post-op care at home
  4. Avoid doing anything strenuous, but make sure to lightly stretch every now and then unless advised otherwise.
  5. Do simple stretching after surgery as advised
  6. Continue regular movement – comfortably
  7. Take pain medication as prescribed to keep pain levels at a healthy and comfortable level

Repeating these steps can help you not only recover well but quickly as well. As stated previously every patient is different and as a result individual recovery processes will vary. It is also important to consult with your doctor about what activities you can and can’t do.

The provision of all-inclusive personalized post-operative management – Trend #7

After surgery, Dr Craig and his team will follow-up with you to ensure you are comfortable. This includes checking on your pain levels, healing of your wound, emotional support and organising follow-up appointments.

We also have advanced specialised lasers, healite LED and other treatments to accelerate your healing and recovery post-surgery.

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Real Patient Breast Lift Surgery Before and After Photos

To view some of Dr Rubinstein’s previous breast lift patients, please click the image below. This will direct you to the breast lift before and after gallery.

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Breast Lift Without Implants (Mastopexy) Before and After Photos

For more information, including whether you might be a good candidate for a Mastopexy procedure, it is recommended you read the Procedure Pages before viewing the Before and After photos.