One of the most common questions Dr. MacArthur gets about breast lift surgery is about the scars left after surgery. This post aims to provide insights into the types of scars that result from a breast lift, their placement, and the general scar healing process.
Types of Breast Lift Scars
There are primarily three types of breast lift incisions, each resulting in a distinct scar pattern:
- Periareolar (Donut Lift): This incision circles the areola. It’s best for those with minimal sagging and works well when a minor breast reduction is desired. Scarring is generally limited to the areola’s border (the dark skin around the nipple), making it less noticeable.
- Lollipop (Vertical Lift): Involves an incision around the areola and another that runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. This technique is excellent for those with moderate sagging and offers more reshaping possibilities than the periareolar technique.
- Anchor (Inverted T or Wise Pattern Lift): This includes the two incisions mentioned above and a third that runs horizontally along the breast crease. It’s ideal for those with extensive sagging and offers the most dramatic reshaping.
How Scars Heal Overtime
a. Initial Phase: Post-surgery, you can expect the incision lines to appear red and somewhat swollen. This is a natural response as your body starts the healing process.
b. Maturation Phase: Over the next few months, the scars will gradually lighten in color and flatten out. The redness will decrease, but the scars may appear slightly darker than the surrounding skin.
c. Final Outcome: Usually, a year or more after surgery, scars fade considerably and tend to blend into the surrounding skin. Appearance can vary based on several factors, including skin type, age, and genetics.
How to Take Care of Your Breast Lift Scars for Optimal Results
To achieve the best possible result, consider the following:
- Follow Post-Operative Instructions: Always adhere to Dr. MacArthur’s post-operative care instructions. Proper wound care is essential for beautiful results.
- Sun Protection: UV rays can darken scars, making them more noticeable. Protect your scars from direct sunlight for at least a year post-surgery.
- Scar Creams and Gels: Various over-the-counter and prescription creams and gels can help scars heal faster and appear less noticeable. Consult with your surgeon before using any product.
- Silicone Sheets: These have been shown to help scars heal flatter and lighter. They work by trapping moisture, which can expedite the scar maturation process.
While surgeons strive for minimal scarring, it’s essential to have realistic expectations. Scars are an inevitable part of the healing process after any surgery. Their appearance can be minimized, but they’ll never disappear entirely. However, for many, the aesthetic benefits of a breast lift—firmer, perkier breasts—outweigh concerns about scarring. Plus, with the right care and time, scars can become very subtle.
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