Follow-Up Question: Is the lollipop or anchor technique best for me? (photos)
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Vertical Breast Reduction
You would likely benefit from a vertical breast reduction with lollipop scars with a small anchor component. You should not need free nipple grafting. Using this technique your breasts will be lifted, decreased in size, and give you an improved aesthetic result. Good luck
Lollipop or anchor
Thank you for your question. You do not need a planned nipple graft for your breast reduction. An anchor technique will allow for the greatest ability to contour your breasts. Be sure to consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Good luck!
You have large voluptuous symmetrical breasts. Any procedure you do is going to leave visible possibly cosmetically unattractive scars. If you are happy with the volume of your breasts (H cup!) I would recommend you do nothing, as the resulting scars will be very noticeable and I feel would detract the natural beauty of your breasts.
In light of the large volume of your breasts, I would recommend a breast reduction in the future, when you probably start having problems with back, shoulder, neck and postural difficulties due to the weight that needs to be supported by your bra.
As long as you are not a smoker, I do not feel that any nipple grafting (taking the nipple off as a skin graft and sewing it back on higher) would be necessary. This also may preserve normal sensation to the nipple and areola as a nipple graft will be permanently numb.
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What type of technique for breast reduction
I am assuming you are going for a breast reduction. In that case I would recommend an anchor technique. I personally don't use drains and I don't feel by looking at your pictures that the nipples would have to be grafted. That assumes you are not a smoker and are otherwise in good health. It would not hurt to get another opinion in person.
100% anchor incision
You have beautiful breasts that are symmetric, but very large. In order to maximize your results, you will 100% need an anchor lift. Your nipple to inframammary fold distance should roughly be 3.5 cm less than your base width to have the prettiest proportion and best looking breasts possible. Let's say your breast base width is 14 cm...your nipple to fold distance should then be 10.5 cm. Now imagine bringing your nipple up 5 cm (roughly 2 inches) with your "lift". Your new distance from your nipple to your fold will be 5 cm longer, right? If you don't have tissue and skin removed in the lower pole of your breast (through the transverse incision that is hidden in your fold anyway), that distance would be way to long and give you a cosmetically-displeasing result. I'm happy you posted pictures- that makes giving advice much easier. No one should ever offer you a free nipple graft- that's just crazy. I would think most plastic surgeons do not use drains for breast reductions. I hope this helps. I think you need to keep searching for the plastic surgeon that is right for you. Look at their results and choose what's best- you deserve the best result imaginable.
I would suggest avoiding a nipple graft with your size. The lollipop incision might work very well for you. That would be the procedure I would suggest just looking at your photos. If you want a significant reduction, you might need the anchor lift.
Mastopexia w/lollipop scar
Thanks for submitting your photos. My advise to you will be a mastopexia surgery with lollipop scar. I do not use any dren for breast surgeries. Please consult with a plastic surgeon. Good luck...
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