Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
If you are considering a breast reduction surgery, you may be concerned with the size and shape of your incisions. As detailed in this article, your surgeon will employ one of three types of incisions when performing your breast reduction, depending on the amount of breast tissue, excess skin, and fat that needs to be removed.
Circular Incision Around Areola
The circular incision, also known as the donut incision, is the least invasive technique, requiring an incision around the areolas. It is ideal for patients wanting a relatively minimal breast reduction, as the surgeon can only remove a small amount of tissue with this approach.
Lollipop Incision Down to the Crease
The lollipop incision, also known as the keyhole incision, involves a circular incision around the areolas as well as a vertical incision from the base of the areola down to the breast crease. This technique enables the surgeon to remove a larger amount of tissue, making it ideal for patients requiring a more moderate reduction.
Anchor-Shaped Incision Includes 3 Incisions
The anchor-shaped incision, also known as the inverted-T incision, involves a lollipop incision with an additional horizontal incision along the crease of the breasts. This technique provides the surgeon with more control in reshaping and reducing the breasts, and is therefore ideal for patients requiring the maximum reduction or wanting to correct asymmetrical breasts.
Does Breast Reduction Leave Scars?
A breast reduction will leave scars in the places where the incisions were made. The visibility of the scars will depend on the technique used and the skills of your surgeon. Additionally, the scars will typically fade over the next 18 months, typically fading from a red hue to thin white lines that are less noticeable.
Which Incision is Right for You?
You will need to attend a consultation with a plastic surgeon to determine the best incision for you. After examining the shape and size of your breasts and discussing your desired result, they will inform you of the right incision on which incision is right for you. In general, the more tissue removal and reshaping you require, the more invasive the incision must be.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
If you are considering a breast reduction, book a consultation with Dr Omar Tillo at the CREO Clinic to discuss a bespoke treatment plan.
Dr Tillo is a breast reconstruction specialist and has extensive experience performing all three types of breast reduction incision techniques. Additionally, he is adept at carefully creating the incisions so as to minimise scarring.