I've asked 3 surgeons they all said I need an anchor lift. Do I really? (photos)

25 years old I have never had full breast they have always looked like this there is not much space under my areola maybe 1.5 inch to 2 inches , they said its tuberous breast but my areola arent puffy im confused i wish i had more options. i would really like to do anything to avoid getting an anchor lift could i be possible to do a areola reduction & later a maxopexy & later down the road a breast augmentation is this possible or do i have no choice?

Doctor Answers 11

All three surgeons are right

You will need anchor breast lift and breast implants. You do not have tuberous breasts. However you have marked sagging and lack of breast tissue. Thus you need breast lift as well as breast implants.


Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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An anchor breast lift would be the appropriate option for you

An areola reduction alone would not do any lifting. Neither would breast implants. For the pictures you posted, it looks like you have moderately to severely droopy breasts and that an anchor lift could be appropriate. You should also know that your surgical results can change in the future with pregnancies and significant weight change. If you decide to follow through with surgery, ask your surgeon if he/she use the IDEAL breast lift approach with the anchor lift. For more information on this and similar topics, I recommend a plastic surgery Q&A book like "The Scoop On Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths."

Ted Eisenberg, DO, FACOS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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I've asked 3 surgeons they all said I need an anchor lift. Do I really?

If you are looking for more perky rejuvenated breasts then yes you will need a lift. The type of lift depends on the surgeon. All the options you talk about require additional incisions on the breast. So a lift would likely be an anchor lift. You have laxity of the skin and larger areolas. To address all of those I would likely also recommend and anchor lift and implants. 

Richard J. Brown, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Anchor lift

You do appear to have a fair amount of skin that would be best treated with the anchor lift. A vertical lift might work, but you would still have the possibility of the lower scar. Just doing the areolar lift would not deal with all your excess skin.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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You don't necessarily need an anchor lift

An anchor shaped lift is certainly one alternative, but there are others they can be done within incision around the areola and a vertical incision (lollipop incision). I find that more patients are comfortable with that incision so I really use the anchor shaped breast lift anymore

Joseph M. Perlman, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Do i need an anchor lift

Yes, you will need an anchor lift to remove the excess skin and reposition your breasts and areolae.  You may also want to have breast implants placed at the same time. Unfortunately, an areolar lift alone will not be adequate. 

Laurence Weider, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

Lift for tuberous breasts

Hello and thanks for your photosWhile it's difficult to make a definite recommendation without examining you in person, I think that in general someone with a breast shape like yours would do best with a lift plus implants. The implants would expand the width of your breasts and make them appear rounder. The lift can be done many ways, depending on surgeon experience and preference, but I prefer a vertical (lollipop) type lift in this type of breast shape.  I don't think that an "areolar reduction" alone is going to be effective in your case.
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I've asked 3 surgeons they all said I need an anchor lift. Do I really?

From your photos, I do not think just an areolar reduction alone will give you the results that you want. Just moving the areola slighter higher and giving it a smaller circumference will not give the breast a better shape.

I've asked 3 surgeons they all said I need an anchor lift. Do I really?

Thank you for your question.  Based on your photos, it does appear that optimal contouring would require some horizontal component of the incision along the breast crease; this can be a full anchor or a more limited variety.  Be sure to consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon.  Good luck!

Zachary Farris, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Full lift needed

Thank you for your question and photos. From what I can see on your picture, you would do best with a formal, full breast lift.  This is primarily due to the low location of your nipples and the significant overhang of tissue below your breast crease.  You have some elements of a tuberous breast, mainly the constricted, high breast crease and narrow breast.  An areolar lift/reduction alone is unlikely to deliver a result with which you would be happy.  You would likely do very well with a breast implant combined with a formal lift. Good luck.

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