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Surgery Process Guide to Circumareolar Mastopexy - (The ‘Donut’ Lift)

The Circumareolar reduction is “good when only one breast needs to be reduced to match the other breast.” – BAPRAS 

The donut lift is an incision technique used in mastopexy in which the surgeon makes an incision around the edges of the areola only.


Your surgeon will give you a general anaesthetic so you do not feel any discomfort during the operation. 

Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step
Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

Once you are asleep, the surgeon will make an incision around the areola only. 


After this incision has been made, the surgeon will cut out the surplus skin from the area, allowing a mild lift.

Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step
Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

The nipples are then reattached.

Complications / Negligence Signs

Asymmetrical nipples post-surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery Complication
Cosmetic Surgery Complication

Nipple loss – the changes in blood supply may cause the nipple tissue to die.

Surgical Risks

As this procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, there are multiple associated risks. However, these are very rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

Risks include:

  • Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)
  • Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic
  • In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

Risks are more likely to occur if:

  • You are undergoing emergency surgery
  • You have other illnesses
  • You are a smoker
  • You are overweight

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation. 

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