During an anchor incision breast lift does the nipple stay connected to its blood supply?

During an anchor incision breast lift (with no reduction in breast tissue) does the nipple stay connected to its blood supply while the breast skin is stitched into its new shape around it? Or is the nipple generally removed entirely from the breast and reattached toward the end of the procedure? Thank you for your answers in advance.

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Basic Summary of Breast Lift Incisions

A mastopexy or breast lift operation is designed to improve the shape and position of the breast without reducing their size. It is used for breasts which sag or droop (ptosis). Sagging of the breasts may occur with normal development for some women, or as part of the aging process. Pregnancy, breast-feeding and weight loss are other conditions which increase breast ptosis. Some patients will have a better shape to their breast such as increased superior fullness if an implant is used at the time of mastopexy. The procedure can also be combined with a minor breast reduction to reduce the breast width if desired. The surgery will create an elevated, more youthful breast contour. Also, the procedure will create nipple and areolae of the desired size and at the correct height.

Although the “anchor-shape” or inverted “T” incision is still more popular in the United States, it represents an older technique with extensive scarring and a less optimal result in many cases. These newer techniques are utilized in the vast majority of cases, the rare exception being extremely large breasts. The nipple-areola complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped in a pleasing contour and in a more normal position.
I prefer to use a #shortscar technique, #LollipopScar or #DonutLift” rather than the majority of surgeons in the United States that use an anchor pattern lift which involve more significant scarring.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple Blood Supply

Thank you for the question.  Every surgeon has different ways of performing surgery.  It can be done both ways and  at our office we keep the nipple attached to the deeper tissues with the blood supply.  Schedule a consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to further discuss their approach.  

During an anchor incision breast lift does the nipple stay connected to its blood supply?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well... The nipple doesn't have to be with the blood supply my love, those tubes are not touched, you will have your nipples getting sensation as normal you had too, talk to your surgeon to explain you everything that will be done.

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Blood supply to nipple with anchor lift surgery.

Hello, there are many ways to perform breast lift surgery but it would be uncommon to completely remove the nipple and reattach it.  Usually it is left attached to the surrounding breast tissue so the blood supply remains intact.  Your surgeon will be able to describe their exact procedure including how they maintain blood supply to the nipple and the shape of the surgical scars.

During an anchor incision breast lift does the nipple stay connected to its blood supply?

 Yes, during breast lifting surgery, the nipple/areola complexes do  remain "attached" to their underlying blood supply.  The vast majority of patients will undergo breast lifting or reduction surgery do not  experience any compromise of blood supply. This potential compromise does become more of a concern when patients are undergoing revisionary breast surgery.   I hope this helps.

During an anchor incision breast lift does the nipple stay connected to its blood supply?

During a breast lift operation the nipple areolar complex remains attached to the soft tissues in order to maintain a blood supply for survival. When performing a large very ptotic breast reduction some surgeons will perform a free nipple graft but not for a breast lift.


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Nipple attached to breast

During a breast lift the nipple/areola remains attached to the breast and the blood supply. In over thirty five years of practice I have never had to do a free nipple graft (reattach0 On a pure lift and very rarely with a reduction which includes a lift.

Barry M. Schwartz, MD
Weston Plastic Surgeon
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Attached

only in extreme cases(which is very rare) would you/a patient require a free nipple graft. The nipple stays connected to blood supply to keep it alive, then transposed into its new position on the chest. If you are not having much/any breast tissue removed, I would argue you likely do not need/require an anchor scar either, you could probably get a lollipop style scar. 

Nipples anchor blood supply

Correct, during an anchor incision breast lift (with no reduction in breast tissue) the nipple stays connected to its blood supply while the breast skin is stitched into its new shape around it? The nipple is rarely removed entirely from the breast and reattached toward the end of the procedure. Such a technique is used for unusual situations.

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During an anchor incision breast lift does the nipple stay connected to its blood supply?

In breast LIFTS the N/A complex is always left attached to the tissues for as you stated blood supply. Very rarely would a full thickness N/A graft ever be done in a breast lift. But in some very late reductions a free N/A grate is an option.

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