Anchor Breast Lift Scar?

How does an anchor breast lift scar feel like? Is it normally a raised scar?

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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!

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.

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Kari L. Colen, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Anchor Incision For Breast Sag

The anchor incision is frequently utilized for the treatment of breast sag. This incision is especially helpful when patients have severe sag. This surgical approach removes excess skin in both the vertical and transverse dimensions. It also elevates the nipple areola complexes into normal position. In addition, the procedure is versatile. Both breast augmentation and breast reduction can be performed through this approach.


         The procedure results in a circular incision that’s located at the border of the areola with the surrounding tissue. This is connected to a vertical extension that ends with a transverse incision that’s hidden in the inframammary fold area.


         In most cases, scarring from this procedure is acceptable. The lack of significant scarring with this procedure is probably related to redistribution of tension on the surgical closure. In addition, the scars are often well hidden with this approach. The periareolar scar is hidden at the junction of two differently colored tissues. The transverse incision is hidden in the inframammary fold region. The vertical incision isn’t hidden, but this doesn’t represent a problem in most cases.


         The vast majority of anchor incisions heal nicely and patients are generally happy with their results. Occasionally, adverse scarring does occur and scar revisions are necessary, but this is fortunately rare. 

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.

Best wishes.


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.

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lifting

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

Trevor M. Born, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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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.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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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.

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.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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