How does an anchor breast lift scar feel like? Is it normally a raised scar?
Anchor Breast Lift Scar?
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The anchor scar
The anchor or inverted-T mastopexy is recommended for patients with severe ptosis, poor skin quality, and/or flaccid breast tissue. This technique, which is the most popular in the United States, uses an incision around the nipple-areolar complex, a vertical incision from the bottom of the nipple to the inframammary fold, and a horizontal incision along the entire extent of the inframammary fold. The larger incisions allows for the greatest access and reshaping of the breast tissue as well as removal of the greatest amount of skin in multiple directions. This results in a dramatic change in nipple position and shape required for many older patients with greater degrees of sagging. The main advantages of this technique are that the results are uniformly predictable and allow for correction of large degrees of ptosis. The obvious disadvantage is the scar burden. Additionally, with time patients may notice a tendency towards “bottoming out” or flattening of the breast and/or recurrent drooping.
Never say never
The "gold standard" for breast lift surgery for many decades has been the so called "anchor scar" technique. As you see from these answers, that gold standard may be shifting to the lollilop or vertical lift techniques. This transition is by no means complete and many, if not a majority of plastic surgeons across the country still use the anchor scar. I am personally still somewhat in the transition phase and now more often use the vertical lollilop scar, reserving the anchor for severe cases of sagging and very large reductions. However, I will never say that I will never use the anchor again. At any rate, the anchor scar normally heals as a flat, soft, thin scar. Any scar can become raised depending on many factors, not the least of which includes your genetics. Good luck!
Breast lift scar.
In my opinion, an anchor scar is not necessary for a breast lift, and leaves unnecessarily prominent scars.
In New York, 30% of our breast lift patients end up with just a circular scar around the nipples. The other 70% have a lollipop scar.
Also the "lollipop" approach gives you better long term shape.
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Everybody heals breast lift scars differently but most all are happy
Breast lifts done expertly will restore your nipple areola to a youthful position and tighten the breast envelope to regain lost tone and shape in the breast. If you get a great shape, the scars will fade into a non-issue over time.
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Anchor breast lift scar depends on how you heal.
Some breast scars heal so well that after a year you do not really see them. Unfortunately others can heal slightly darker and raised. Sometimes you have great healing and raised healing on the same person in different spots. That being said there are things we can do to help the healing process such as silicone dressings. I also feel that the Fraxel laser we have in the office really helps decrease scar thickness and color.
Scarring Following Anchor Incision
An anchor breast lift normally refers to a breast lift whereby an incision is made around the areola, from the areola down to the fold of the breast, and then an incision in the fold of the breast itself. Of the three components of the anchor breast lift, the incision around the areola and the incision from the areola to the inframammary fold normally heal with a relatively imperceptible appearance. There are certainly some exceptions to this when complications arise. Normally, one would expect these two incisions to have the best resultant scar of the three components. Sometimes, the incision in the fold of the breast can widen. Normally, when this happens it is not thickened or raised but is simply a wider scar than the other two. Fortunately, this is normally concealed in the crease of the breast and often does not present a problem to the patient. Uncommonly, scars can thicken. This can be the result of a particular patient’s own healing characteristics or the result of some degree of wound infection. This would not be regarded as a common or expected outcome in most breast lift procedures.
Breast Lift Scarring?
Thank you for the question.
Every patient heals differently; therefore, it is difficult to predict exactly what your breast lift scar will “feel like”. Best case scenario will be that the scar will be a fine line that cannot even be felt. Worst-case scenario is development of abnormal scarring ( hypertrophic or keloid scar formation). these scars may feel raised/ elevated and may be associated with itching/discomfort.
Most patients (If properly selected and who are doing the operations and the right time of their lives) accept the scars associated with breast augmentation/breast lifting surgery as long as they are happy with the improvement in contour, size, and symmetry. This acceptance of the scars is the essential “trade-off” associated with many of the procedures we do and the field of plastic surgery.
It may be in your best interest to meet with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss These issues as they pertain to you. Factors such as genetics, ethnicity, nature of previous scarring you have experienced etc. may come into the discussion.
Anchor breast lift scars.
The anchor technique for breast lift surgery is one of the first techniques that was described. However, since then many superior techniques have been created. These techniques minimize the number of incisions that are necessary and also create a more pleasing breast mound. When discussing this surgery with a plastic surgeon, ask your surgeon about the different techniques and which one would be best for your body shape and your aesthetic goals.
Dear Patty, The technique for Breast Lifting depends on your starting breast shape/size and the change in shape you are seeking. This may include an implant, incision around the Areola, a vertical incision, and a horizontal incision under the breast.
The scar generally heals with a resulting thin line- but this can be variable. There are various post operative protocols advocated to reduce the visible scar. If the scar matures nicely then it will be soft- and not much different than the breast skin surrounding.
With Warm Regards,
Trevor M Born MD
Breast Lift scars
All scars feel different. Some are really smooth and some have a ridge. The most important thing in a reduction or a lift is that if a significant amount of fat is removed and then the breasts were significantly reshaped the possibility of fat necrosis is there. Your ABPS board certified plastic surgeon surely mentioned it prior to surgery since it can happen.
In reality, the anchor scar has been replaced with a lollipop incision but not having ever seen you it is very likely that this could have been the best technique for you. In fact, it is probably the technique that your ABPS board certified plastic surgeon chose since it's what he's best at (in his hands). With that in mind, the scars can have some slightly lumpy areas or they can have some ridges. In general, thanks to the human body, give it time and all wounds will heal up. Hopefully they look nice in thier closure and your scars will be simple lines and hardly visible. Give them more time and if you're truly concerned then bring it up with your doctor. He'll surely have some reassuring input.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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