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What Is an Anchor Breast Lift—Everything You Need to Know

The shape of your breasts can change over time. Even if you’ve never been concerned about the size or shape of your breasts, things like pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and aging can all cause what were once pert and perky breasts, to sag and droop.

If you’re concerned or embarrassed by sagging or drooping breasts, a breast lift (or mastopexy) procedure could be the solution to lift, firm and restore a more youthful-looking bust.

If you’re considering a breast lift, there are several ways the procedure can be performed, including the donut, lollipop and anchor methods. If you’re wondering “what is an anchor breast lift?”, read on to find out everything you need to know about this breast lift procedure.

What is an anchor breast lift?

While sometimes also called an inverted-T or full breast lift, the anchor breast lift gets its name from the pattern that results from the shape of the three incisions made during the procedure, which include:

●     one around the edge of the areola

●     another extending down vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary crease (the crease that runs underneath the breast where it connects to the chest)

●     and a third that runs along the length of the inframammary crease.

The incisions provide the surgeon with full access to the breast, allowing them to remove unwanted skin and tissue, and lift and tighten the breast. The surgeon may also reposition the nipple to a more elevated position, and even reduce its size if desired. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

Who is an anchor breast lift most suitable for?

An anchor breast lift is the most extensive form of mastopexy surgery. While donut and lollipop breast lifts are most suitable for women with mild to moderate breast sag, an anchor breast lift is more suitable for women suffering from more significant breast sag, where the surgeon will need to make more substantial changes.

An anchor breast lift will result in more scarring compared to other breast lift techniques, however, the outstanding results that can be achieved using the technique typically outweigh the resulting scars. Ultimately, your surgeon will recommend the breast lift technique that will be most suitable for your personal condition.

Can you get an anchor breast reduction or anchor breast lift with implants?

Depending on the desired size and shape of your new bust, generally, an anchor breast lift can be performed in conjunction with a breast reduction or with breast implants.

When meeting with your surgeon, you should discuss what your ideal breast size and shape would be, and your surgeon will be able to recommend the most suitable procedure (or combination of procedures) to achieve the desired result.

Find out if an anchor breast lift is right for you

If you’re considering a breast lift procedure, your first step should be to arrange a personal consultation with Dr. Orloff at Burbank Plastic Surgery.

As a locally and nationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Orloff and the highly-qualified team of health professionals at Burbank Plastic Surgery will ensure every element of your treatment is managed with care, compassion and attention to detail.

Find out more about who we are or about undergoing a breast lift procedure at Burbank Plastic Surgery.