Breasts are a symbol of femininity and beauty; however, even the perkiest breasts can succumb to the effects of aging, weight loss, pregnancy, and heredity. With time and lifestyle changes, breasts that were once firm and lifted can sag, become elongated, and lose their volume. These changes can negatively affect a woman’s self-esteem and create insecurities. Breast lift surgery (also known as mastopexy) surgically improves the projection, tightness, and perkiness of the breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the underlying tissues. This procedure can be done with or without the addition of implants to create more shapely, youthful breasts. While various incision options are available to target various degrees of breast sagging (ptosis), the anchor technique is the by far the most common and, unfortunately, the one that results in the most undesirable scars.
What Is the Anchor Incision?
Commonly used to repair moderate to significant ptosis of the breasts, the anchor lift involves an incision around the areola, vertically down the breast, and horizontally along the breast crease. Of all the options available to lift and firm the breasts, this is the most invasive because it allows for the most significant amount of lift and repair. Unfortunately, because of the vertical and horizontal incisions, this option also results in the largest scar.
The Minimal Scar Technique
While scars are an unfortunate requirement in surgery, there are techniques to minimize the size and visibility of these pesky reminders. Breast lift surgery creates firmer, perkier breasts while allowing women to achieve greater self-confidence, and no longer does this desirable procedure need to be accompanied by an undesirable scar. Dr. Rey uses the newest, most revolutionary techniques to achieve the same lift and repositioning of the areolas without the need for the unwanted horizontal scars that result from the anchor technique. In many circumstances, he can create youthful breasts with only a small incision around the areola. Dr. Rey can use what is known as a lollipop lift if a reduction is needed as well. This type of lift also does not result in an unsightly horizontal scar on the breasts.