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Surgery Process Guide to Anchor Lift Mastopexy

“[The Anchor Lift is] the most common and traditional type of breast reduction.” –  British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).

An incision is made around the areola and down to the crease of the breast. Another incision is made along the crease of each breast before the excess skin is removed and the breast repositioned. 


Breast uplift surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic.

Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step
Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

The surgeon will make an incision around the edges of the areola.


And then make a second cut down to the crease of the breast.

Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step
Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

Another incision is made along the crease of each breast where it joins the chest wall.


Following the incisions, the surgeon will remove the surplus skin.

Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step
Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

Next, the nipples are moved to their position and stitched in place.

Complications / Negligence Signs

Excessive scarring.

Cosmetic Surgery Complication
Cosmetic Surgery Complication

Asymmetrical breasts.


Loss of all, or part, of the nipple – the nipple tissue can die because of changes in the blood supply.

Cosmetic Surgery Complication

General anaesthetic carries numerous risks, however, these are very rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

The complications can include:

  • Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)
  • Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic
  • In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

These problems are more likely to arise if:

  • You are undergoing emergency surgery
  • You have other illnesses
  • You are a smoker
  • You are overweight

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation. 

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