Anchor Mastopexy: Significant Lift and a Rejuvenated Physique

A full breast lift, also called an anchor mastopexy, can help patients whose breasts sag excessively. It is called an anchor mastopexy because the shape of the incisions resembles the outline of an anchor. This incision technique provides Dr. Gregory T. Mesna greater access to tissue and skin in the area, allowing him to provide extensive reshaping and lift. During your consultation, Dr. Mesna will discuss the different types of breast lifts  and guide you in deciding if anchor mastopexy is the best procedure for your needs. Contact our Minneapolis, MN, practice to schedule your consultation.

What Is an Anchor Mastopexy?

Anchor Mastopexy Diagram

An anchor mastopexy involves three incisions: one circular incision around the areola, one vertical incision extending from the bottom of the areola to the infra-mammary fold (the crease where your breast meets the chest wall), and another incision along the infra-mammary fold itself. The combination of these incisions looks like the outline of an anchor.

There are three common approaches to breast lift surgery, and anchor mastopexy is the most extensive. The least extensive is the doughnut mastopexy, which requires one incision around the areola. Dr. Mesna provides a moderate lift with lollipop mastopexy, which requires one incision around the areola and another below it. Although the anchor mastopexy results in more scarring than the other techniques, it is often the best solution for patients experiencing extreme sagging. Dr. Mesna takes every measure to ensure minimal scarring following all breast surgery procedures.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

Before surgery, we will administer general anesthesia to minimize discomfort and help you achieve relaxation. Dr. Mesna then carefully makes the incisions, and removes excess skin and tissue. He can also decrease the circumference of the areola during the surgery, depending on your needs. After the removal of skin and tissue, the areola is lifted to an elevated position. Some patients choose to undergo a breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation in order to add extra volume and lift to the bust line. 

Breast lift surgery generally causes swelling and soreness for several days following the procedure. Dr. Mesna may prescribe pain medication to minimize discomfort as you recover. It is important that patients follow Dr. Mesna's directions, which include avoiding strenuous activities for several weeks. It is also recommended that you sleep on your side rather than your back to expedite your recovery. We are committed to guiding you through every step of the process and giving you detailed instructions that can aid your healing.

Am I a Candidate for Anchor Mastopexy?

In most cases, patients with significantly sagging breasts are good candidates for anchor mastopexy. If your areola has fallen well below the line of the infra-mammary fold, anchor mastopexy may be recommended. You should be in good overall health in order to minimize complications. Patients undergoing breast reduction may also consider undergoing anchor mastopexy simultaneously in order to refine size and aesthetics.

How Can I Learn More?

An anchor mastopexy can provide highly beneficial results for the right candidate. If you are interested in learning more about the procedure and whether you are a candidate, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Mesna will explain the differences between the breast lift techniques he uses, and help you decide which is best for achieving your goals.

Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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