Lollipop Reduction vs. Anchor Lift - What Would You Suggest?

I recently had consultations with a few different DR's in my area. One, wants to give me a lollipop reduction (saying the lift would be greater, minus the anchor scar)with implants. The second, said just to get a anchor lift with implants. I want to keep my nipple and blood supply attached. I do as you can tell need a lift and I've lost breast volume.

Doctor Answers 23

Anchor or lollipop lift for deflated breasts.

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Thank you for your photos, they help in formulating my response.  My first question would be, "When you are in a bra, are you happy with the volume/size of your breasts?"  If the answer is yes, you do not need an implant and a lift will give you the same volume but a better shaped, more youthful breast.  The volume of your breast would be tucked inside a smaller envelope of skin so the skin is plumped out and the breast looks full and round.  A predictable, easily measured pattern for this is the anchor pattern.  This is used by the majority of plastic surgeons for its ease of use and predictable results.  The nipple and areolar stay attached to the breast so blood supply and nerve supply are not affected.   If you want more volume you will need an implant.  Surgeons differ on whether to do the implant at the time of the lift or later once the breasts have reached their final position.  I prefer to wait, for 2 reasons.  Many of my patients are happy with the new shape and contour of their breasts and decide they don't want the implants and the potential problems they could cause.  Also it is harder to get the implants positioned exactly correctly at the same time as a lift because the breasts will settle some after the lift.

Lollipop or Anchor?

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As you can see from the answers here, just as you found in your consultations, experts may disagree on the optimal technique.  You can see that we even disagree on whether it is OK to do the breast augmentation at the same time.

Skin removal pattern (shape of the scar) and internal (breast reshaping) may be entirely different considerations.

You appear to be a great candidate for breast lift to improve shape and position, and breast augmentation (implants) to restore volume.  The implants can also play an important role in shaping.

As you try to sort out the best solution for you, you may find it helpful to look at your surgeons' before-and-after photos; ask to see photos of someone with breast drooping and deflation similar to yours and be sure the "after" photos are at least 6 months (preferably, a year) post-op. Compare the appearance (shape, position) of the breasts and the scars.

Good luck!

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 45 reviews


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I would perform an anchor incision with an implant to give you cleavage up top.  You have a lot of excess skin... that's why I recommend anchor.

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Anchor Incision Likely Best Application For Sag

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It’s not unusual for women to develop breast sag following pregnancy and breast feeding. Your pictures demonstrate significant breast sag in the presence of large areola’s. Surgical correction of this problem requires lifting the breast into normal position while reducing the size of the areola’s.Although your pictures are helpful, a physical examination is necessary to determine which breast lift option is best for you.

Because of the severity of your breast sag, a procedure that addresses the excess tissue in both the vertical and transverse dimensions is necessary.At a minimum, you will need at least a lollipop incision.It’s even more likely that you will need a more extensive anchor incision.

The anchor mastopexy utilizes an incision that extends around the border of the areola.This incision has a vertical extension that connects with an incision located in the inframammary fold.This approach is utilized when patients have severe sag.It addresses sag when there’s excess skin in multiple dimensions.The procedure not only lifts the breast into normal position, but reshapes the breast by tightening the skin envelope.

It’s important to note that breast implants can be utilized with this approach.When patients want increased breast size or more upper breast fullness, this is an excellent option.When volume is adequate, most patients don’t require breast implants.

If you’re considering this type of procedure, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate.This surgeon should be able to help you formulate an appropriate surgical plan for correction of your problem.

Lift When a Lift is Needed

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There are indeed many opinions about many techniques and all of their possible combinations.
A full tailoring anchor-style lift is needed in your case.
If you wish to have firm cleavage and upper pole fullness, and to restore your "lost breast volume" then you will benefit from implants as well.
Whether the two are done together or separately depends on the surgeon you choose.
Find a board-certified plastic surgeon with whom you communicate well, and follow his advice.
Be well.

Andrea Basile, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon

Selecting a breast lift procedure

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Your breast are long and deflated and for your best result  you would need a lift and implants.  If you have sufficient breast volume you may want to only consider a breast lift.  The breast tissue that is below the crease can be used to fill in the central and upper quadrants.     If you want to be smaller then a small reduction can be done at the same time.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Breast Lift Technique?

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Thank you for the question and pictures.

Based on your pictures I would suggest  a full ( anchor)  mastopexy.

Although patient's concerns regarding scars are very understandable I would suggest that their first concern should be obtaining the best results possible (scarring concerns should be secondary).  Most patients undergoing this procedure will accept scarring as long as their overall goals in regards to size, shape, contour and symmetry are met. 

Best wishes.

PHOTO: Pronounced sagging/droopiness (ptosis) and options for breast lift (mastopexy): anchor versus lollipop

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From the appearance of your breasts, I would advise vertical and horizonta scar mastopexy (anchor) because you would have signficiant cutaneous redundancy and pleating from a vertical which would likely require revision.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Lollipop vs Anchor Breast Lift!

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If you are satisfied with the volume (with breasts supported in a bra) you do not need an implant.  Although the lollipop lift is preferred, in your case, with so much skin, an anchor lift would be indicated.  The lollipop scar may extend onto the abdomen or require revision with a scar in the inframammary crease anyway.

Robert Sleightholm, MD
Brampton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Lollipop and anchor pattern breast lifts

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Most of the issues are covered in the answers so far. I would strongly advise against an implant at the time of the lift procedure. You don't need volume and the implant will work against many of the issues involved in maximizing the result for the lift including the risk of complications and the need for a revision. 

Lifting the breast up to the correct position with the nipple-areola attached and getting it healed there is one thing and in serious sagging such as yours this is difficult enough. The pattern of incisions used to accomplish this is a separate issue. There is no "lollipop" or "anchor" lift in reality. Many plastic surgeons do not have the experience to separate the lift from the pattern of the skin takeout and major lifts with a long shift up to the correct nipple level require a fair amount of experience if done with a lollipop type incision. Not all plastic surgeons will feel comfortable with that. An anchor-type incisional scar approach is simpler and more predictable. 

In summary, I would recommend a breast lift alone which can be done with a lollipop-type scar if the plastic surgeon is experienced with this and no implant is utilized. If an implant is ultimately felt to be needed, it can be done later through existing incisional scars. 

Scott L. Replogle, MD
Boulder Plastic Surgeon

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