Postoperative scarring is a typical concern for most prospective breast lift patients. Unfortunately, removing excess skin and elevating the breasts to a more natural, rejuvenated position on the chest wall is not possible without making incisions, which leads to the formation of scars. That said, here are some tips for helping to minimize the appearance of potential mastopexy scars:
- Choose your plastic surgeon wisely. It’s important to select a plastic surgeon who performs – and has achieved successful results with – the short scar breast lift technique. Also known as the “lollipop” incision pattern, this mastopexy approach eliminates the horizontal incision that extends along the inframammary crease in many breast lifts. As a result, there is usually less postoperative scarring.
- Ask your surgeon if breast implants would provide the lift you desire. For patients who have only minimal breast drooping, a small augmentation with implants can sometimes create the appearance of a lift with basically no visible scarring. (Breast augmentation incisions can be concealed in the darker pigment of the areola or in a natural underarm crease.)
- Find out what your physician offers/suggests in the form of scar management. Here at 740 Park Plastic Surgery, Dr. Broumand and I advise our patients to employ silicone strips to help reduce the appearance of scarring. When used as recommended, any possible scarring tends to fade over time.
Ultimately, it is important to note that while some degree of scarring is an inevitable part of breast lift surgery, any potential scars can generally be concealed by most underwear and swimsuit varieties. Additionally, the great majority of breast lift patients find that the exceptional results of surgery far outweigh any reservations they might have had about scars prior to their procedure.