No matter how skilled your surgeon is, a breast lift will always result in some scarring. Scarring is simply your body’s way of healing your wounds.
Fortunately, breast lift scars aren’t particularly large or noticeable, and there are quite a few strategies you can use to minimize your scarring throughout the process.
Are you considering a breast lift surgery? Worried about the potential scars it might leave behind? Learn more about what you can expect and how to treat your scars as you go about the breast lift process.
Where Can I Expect Scarring from My Breast Lift?
The location of your scars will depend on the type of breast lift surgery you’ve opted for. Since breast lifts can address numerous problems – sagging, shape and even size of the breast – the surgery process can vary widely from patient to patient. Generally, the fewer changes you’re making, the fewer scars you’ll have.
Once you’ve spoken with your surgeon about the type of lift your desired results would require, use this guide to understand where you can expect scarring:
- Crescent Lift – Used for patients with minimal sagging and little excess breast tissue. It involves a small incision halfway across the areola.
- Donut Lift – For patients with more sagging, a donut lift may be required. This uses a single incision all the way around the areola. It is often used when a breast augmentation is involved.
- Lollipop Lift – Patients requiring reshaping in addition to their lift may need the lollipop approach. This involves two incisions on each breast — one from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease and another around the areola.
- Anchor Lift – This produces the most amount of scarring and is reserved for patients with significant sagging or reshaping needs. It involves three incisions on each breast — one around the areola, another at the crease, and the third one from the crease to the areola.
- Horizontal Mastopexy – This lift, which involves only horizontal incisions on the underside of the breast, can move nipples upward or address significant sagging. This type of lift is designed to minimize visible scarring.
There are also types of surgeries called “scar less lifts,” which use electrical currents to heat the breast cells and skin. This method helps tighten, firm and lift the breast non-invasively. Not all surgeons offer this procedure and they are not designed for patients needing significant lift or alteration.
How Noticeable Will My Breast Lift Scars Be?
Surgical incisions are very thin and therefore produce very small scars. The scars will start off red and raised during healing but will eventually fade to pink and then white. The scar will also flatten out. This all happens over the course of a few months (up to a year) after surgery.
Scars are generally more visible on patients with very dark or light skin. They also may be more noticeable in natural light. To get an idea of what your scars might look like, browse your surgeon’s portfolio of past work. Find patients who have had similar surgeries to yours for an accurate depiction of what you might expect.
Is There a Way to Remove or Lessen My Breast Lift Scars?
Scars can’t be completely removed, but there are ways to lessen their appearance. Consider using silicone sheets, scar gels and scar massage during the healing process. After healing is complete, dermatological treatments such as punch grafting, tissue expansion, chemical peels. Microdermabrasion, bleaching serums and laser therapy may make lessen the appearance of scars.
You can also avoid activities that can make your breast lift scars worse — things like excessive exfoliation, smoking, scratching the incisions, tanning or heavy lifting post-surgery.
Every Patient is Different
No two patients will experience the same breast lift scars. To learn about the specific scarring you can expect from a breast lift surgery, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Harris today.