Anchor Incision

The traditional ship’s anchor has a ring at the top, a shank, and a semicircular stock inferiorly – the “anchor” incision encircles the areola, is continued vertically down in the midline to the inframammary fold, and then by incising at the inframammary fold two flaps are developed with wide exposure of the underlying breast tissue.

It has the advantage of wide exposure permitting the removal of a substantial portion of tissue in breast reduction operations, as well as an opportunity to reduce the size of the areola should that be indicated.

It has the disadvantage that scars are caused by incisions and big scars are caused by big incisions. However since the scar is essentially below the nipple line, it will only be visible if the whole breast is exposed.