Breast lifts are popular among women who have lost breast volume and firmness after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. The procedure reshapes loose, sagging breasts for a perkier, youthful profile. However, as with any surgery, breast lift does leave some scarring.
Where on the breast scars from mastopexy will be located depends on the specific technique Dr. Raymond Jean utilizes based on factors unique to your body and cosmetic goals. Here we look at what causes breast lift scars, where they are located, and how visible they are.
What Causes Scars From Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery removes excess, stretched out skin for an uplifted and youthful breast contour. As the skin is cut out and the remaining skin closed with sutures, scars will inevitably form during the healing process.
The severity of scarring depends on several key factors:
- Extent of breast lift correction needed – More significant sagging and reshaping needs mean more skin needs to be excised during surgery, increasing scar length and thickness.
- Quality of your skin – Genetics plays a big role. Scar appearance also tends to be better with elastic, youthful skin versus mature skin.
- Genetics and healing ability – The same mastopexy procedure can heal with barely visible scars for one patient yet obvious scarring on another patient.
- Surgical technique – Dr. Raymond Jean employs meticulous techniques for minimal scarring, such as small incisions placed precisely within natural breast contours, multi-layered delicate stitching, and perfect wound closure to minimize tension on incisions.
While some degree of scarring is unavoidable after mastopexy, in the hands of Dr. Raymond Jean, scars often fade significantly over the first 12 to 18 months after surgery.
Where Are Breast Lift Scars Located?
There are a few options:
Periareolar Breast Lift
This concentric scar outlines the darker skin surrounding the areola. It allows a mild lift, primarily elevating low or uneven areolas. The well-hidden scar has the quickest healing time and fastest fading of all breast lift scars since it utilizes the ideal healing environment of the areola.
The lollipop lift adds a vertical scar line running from the bottom of the areola down to the breast crease. This allows reshaping of the entire breast mound, not just the nipple region. The anchor incision lifts, firms, and reduces areola size better than a doughnut lift alone. The vertical scar fades well, often becoming nearly invisible over time.
The anchor breast lift incorporates both a vertical lollipop scar plus an horizontal incision hidden within the breast crease. This is the most versatile technique allowing extensive reshaping of overly large, severely sagging breasts. But added scarring is the tradeoff for dramatic aesthetic improvement. The horizontal scar within the natural breast fold tends to heal with the least visibility of the anchor incisions.
During your private consultation with Dr. Raymond Jean, he will determine which breast lift technique best suits your cosmetic goals and existing breast anatomy while minimizing visible scarring.
How Noticeable Are Breast Lift Scars?
While scarring is a necessary consequence of skin excision and breast reshaping from mastopexy, their appearance must be weighed against the aesthetic rewards of a breast lift. For many women seeking correction of severely sagging breasts, the vastly enhanced breast aesthetics and proportion far outweigh the presence of minimal scarring.
In the first 3 to 6 months after surgery, the lollipop lift or anchor scars may appear relatively thick and pink or red in places. But over the course of the next 12 to 18 months, most patients find their breast lift scars steadily fading and flattening into barely visible thin white lines similar in color to stretch mark tissue.
Skilled surgical technique plays a crucial role. Meticulous wound closure with small, delicate stitches placed precisely within natural breast creases by Dr. Raymond Jean allows scars to mature to a very inconspicuous state. In most cases, scars tend to eventually blend relatively seamlessly into the natural breast folds and contours.
FAQs: Breast Lift Scarring
How long do breast lift scars take to fade to their maximum capacity? Most patients find their scars noticeably improving after about one year post-surgery. Maximum scar maturation occurs around 18 months post-op. Proper scar care over this timeframe encourages more rapid fading. Silicone-based scar treatment products can accelerate scar maturation.
What about options to treat any thick or discolored scars? If scars remain excessively thick or conspicuously colored after completing the normal healing time frame, non-surgical options exist to potentially improve their appearance. These include steroid injections to flatten scars, laser skin resurfacing or dermal filler injections to reduce hyperpigmentation, and scar revision surgery.
Is it possible to hide mastopexy scars? Yes, Dr. Raymond Jean places incisions meticulously within the natural folds of the breast and contours of the areola during closure. Strategic incision placement allows eventual scars to be mostly obscured and hidden when glancing quickly at the breasts, whether braless or wearing lingerie or swimsuits.
Contact Main Line Plastic Surgery
At Main Line Plastic Surgery serving Philadelphia and beyond, Dr. Raymond Jean specializes in mastopexy procedures of all kinds. He helps countless women lift, reshape, and restore confidence to their breasts through this transformative procedure.
During your private consultation, Dr. Jean thoroughly explains expected scar location and visibility so you’ll know precisely what to anticipate if breast lift surgery is the right choice for achieving your cosmetic goals.
Call or text Main Line Plastic Surgery at (484) 222-0010 to schedule your private breast lift consultation or contact us online.