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The Anchor Breast Lift Technique

Published on April 14, 2017 by
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Your breasts may begin to sag for a number of different reasons. The sagging appearance may be due to gravity, genetics, weight loss, pregnancy, or the loss of skin elasticity overtime. Fortunately, with an anchor breast lift procedure, you correct this problem to reveal more youthful and perky breasts.

Despite being an invasive procedure, the anchor breast lift is the preferred breast lift method due to its reliability and its ability to strategically hide post-surgical marks.

What is an Anchor Incision?

An anchor incision, also known as a keyhole incision, provides the most significant lift and removal of excess skin. It is named an anchor incision due to its resemblance to the nautical anchor.

A breast lift procedure using an anchor incision begins with making a series of surgical cuts around the areola towards the outer edges. The incision then progresses downward starting at the center of the areola, past the inframammary crease. Visually, the incision comprises a circular cut at the top, a crescent shaped cut at the bottom, and a vertical cut down the middle.

The Anchor Breast Lift Procedure

The amount of time spent performing the breast lift procedure depends on a number of factors, including the extent of sagging, your goals, and the technique. Your surgeon will begin the procedure by making guidelines for the incision.

Since this is an invasive procedure, you will be administered anesthesia to ease any discomfort. There are two common routes of administration of general anesthesia: a gaseous state or a laryngeal mask airway. The choice between the two types is solely dependent on your preference and your doctor’s recommendation.

After receiving the anesthesia, incisions will then be made to give your surgeon the access needed to remove excess tissue and reshape the breasts. The final step of the procedure is to close the incisions with stitches or tapes.

The Advantages of an Anchor Incision

The anchor incision breast lift will elevate your breasts to a higher position and make them look firmer, allowing you to feel younger looking and more feminine. The end results are outstanding and the post-surgical marks will be strategically hidden.

This technique is the surgery of choice for patients who suffer from severe ptosis and flaccid breast tissue with poor skin elasticity. The strategic placement of the incisions gives your surgeon optimal access to the underlying tissue. This access will allow him to remove tissue and reshape the breasts from multiple directions.

Understanding the Anchor Breast Lift

With every invasive surgery, there is an associated risk. It is important to set up a consultation with your surgeon to understand more about the procedure. During your consultation, your surgeon will analyze your needs and develop a treatment plan to keep you safe throughout the procedure and to provide you the best results possible.

Recovery from Anchor Shaped Breast Lift

Swelling, tenderness, and some discomfort are expected post-surgery, but it will subside in time. For the best results, patients must wear a surgical bra for a stipulated period of time suggested by your doctor. Avoid smoking and any strenuous exercise for the initial two weeks after the surgery.

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Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, a double board-certified plastic surgeon. As a highly experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Keyes is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and will develop a custom plan to suit your needs.

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