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Crescent Breast Lift Technique

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on February 16, 2018


The breasts are an important part of a woman’s figure. As the breasts lose firmness and begin to sag, many women feel less confident about their body. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to prevent a sagging bust line. As the body ages, the skin gradually loses its elasticity. This, combined with the effects of gravity, and experiences such as pregnancy and breast feeding, can have a significant impact on the position of the breasts. A breast lift corrects sagging to restore a perkier and more youthful looking bust line. There are many techniques that may be used during a breast lift procedure. Here we discuss the crescent breast lift technique that is offered at the Minneapolis, MN, plastic surgery practice of Dr. Brian J. Kobienia.

Illustration of breast lift techniques

Crescent Incision

When Dr. Kobienia talks to patients about the different techniques available for a breast lift procedure, what he is really referring to is the incision that will be used during surgery. There are several different incisions that may be used to tighten and lift the tissues within the breast to restore a firmer, more elevated bust line. The crescent breast lift technique employs the smallest incision of all these techniques.

During a crescent breast lift procedure (also known as a partial mastopexy), the patient is put under general anesthesia to ensure complete comfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Kobienia will create the breast lift incision. A crescent incision is a small, crescent-shaped incision that is placed just above the patient’s areola. When making this incision, Dr. Kobienia removes a small amount of tissue from the area. After removing the appropriate tissue, the bottom of the incision is lifted to meet the top half of the crescent, and the incision is sutured shut. By removing this small amount of tissue, Dr. Kobienia is able to subtly elevate the breast and lift the areola and nipple to a higher position on the chest.

Candidates for a Crescent Breast Lift

Because a crescent breast lift involves a very small incision, the degree of alteration that can be made using this technique is limited. This means that not all patients will be considered ideal candidates for a crescent breast lift. Patients who may be well-suited to the crescent breast lift include:

  • Patients with smaller breasts: Larger breasts tend to be denser and heavier. A crescent incision would not be suitable to lift larger breasts. However, patients with smaller breasts should be able to enjoy long-lasting effects of a crescent breast lift.
  • Patients with minimal sagging: A crescent breast lift only elevates the breasts by a small degree. If a patient has more significant sagging, they are likely better suited for an alternate breast lift technique.
  • Patients with low nipples: A crescent breast lift can improve the position of the nipple and areola. If the nipple or areola seems to point downward, or just sits lower on the chest wall than is desired, a crescent breast lift should be an appropriate breast lift technique.

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Plastic surgeon Brian J. Kobienia offers a number of breast lift techniques that allows him to meet the unique needs of each of his patients. If you would like to learn more about a crescent breast lift, or any of the other breast lift techniques offered at our practice, contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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