When having a breast reduction/lift is it a better result to have a anchor incision or a lollypop incision?
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Anchor vs Lollipop Incision
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Thanks for your question. The amount of ptosis or breast droopiness determines the amount of skin that needs to be removed. The difference between both is minimal. The scar that I think concerns most patients is the vertical scar but that usually fades away with time. I think the anchor creates a better lift and more perkiness that the vertical which drops a lot sooner than the T incision. The best answer comes from an in person examination.
All the best,
Carlos Mata MD, MBA, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Type of lift/Incisions/Anchor scar vs lollipop
The type of lift and incision will totally depend on the amount of lift you will need and the size of breast you desire to have.
Your surgeon should be comfortable with both techniques and after performing his evaluation discuss the best type of lift (and the resultant incision) for you. The two lifts have different indications.
The indicated lift mostly depend on your measurements and your wishes. Generally speaking the main goal is to have the least incisions/scars possible and achieve the optimal results at the same time.
Make sure you have a thorough consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in this procedure. Check her/his experience, credentials, reviews, before and after photos, and have a quality consultation.
It is preferred for your surgeon to be member of "American Society of Plastic Surgeons" and ideally member of "American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery". This means they have been evaluated by the society and recognized that the focus of their practice is high volume and quality, honest aesthetic plastic surgery and they adhere to a code of ethics.
All the best,
Historically American surgeons have tended to use anchor incisions in the last 25 years, whereas European and S. American surgeons have made a push for 'lollypop' incisions. Even the surgeons that pioneered, lectured, and wrote books on the vertical technique find themselves using half inframammary scars (J or L scars) to remove the excess skin necessary in larger more droopy breasts.
I agree with more practical thinkers, and choose to remove the excess skin as necessary, both in the vertical and horizontal vectors, which entails some amount of inframammary scaring. This gives the best projection, the finest scaring, and minimizes glandular sagging that is so common after lollypop scars.
Go visit a few ABPS certifies/ASAPS member surgeons that specialize in breast surgery.
Best of luck!
Anchor or Lollipop Incision
Anchor or lollipop incision for a breast lift or reduction
Anchor vs lollipop
you should see several consultations with board-certified plastic surgeons in your area before making any final decisions.As always it is best to be healthy, no smoking, and to make sure any health care concerns you have are managed by your primary care physician.Best to you
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