Breast lift scars come in all sizes and shapes, depending on the particular mastopexy procedure used by the surgeon. Breast lift is a very popular cosmetic procedure which can correct ptosis and create a firmer, more youthful appearance for the breasts. Although all mastopexy operations involve surgical cutting directly on the breast, there are methods of ensuring minimal scarring and terrific postoperative results.
This report helps patients to understand the types of scarring they are likely to experience from a variety of mastopexy techniques.
Types of Breast Lift Scars
Mastopexy procedures are varied in their level of invasiveness. The correct procedure for a woman’s needs is determined by the size, shape and condition of her breasts.
The following are the most common mastopexy procedures and information about the types of scarring which can be expected:
Crescent breast lift is most commonly performed in conjunction with an augmentation procedure to raise the nipple to a higher anatomical position. The incision for this procedure is across the top border of the areola and is usually also used to perform the implant placement, as well.
Benelli mastopexy procedures use a full periareolar incision which surrounds the outer border of the areola. This incision can be done in such a way as to leave only a thin line scar around the nipple,which is barely noticeable.
Regnault breast lifts utilize a complete periareolar incision with the addition of a crescent shaped incision running from the bottom of the areola to the outer edge of the breast. This procedure can accomplish a significant lift and will leave the typical thin areola border scar and the crescent line scar on the lower outer portion of the breast mound. For performance to scar ratio, this is one of the best techniques available for patients with medium sized breasts.
Vertical mastopexy uses a full periareolar incision and a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold. The breast is dissected down the middle to achieve tremendous lift effect. Scarring for this procedure will look like a lollipop; a thin line on the lower center of the breast and a full thin periareolar scar.
Full breast lift uses an anchor incision, which is the most invasive of all incisions used in cosmetic breast surgery. This technique uses a similar pattern to the vertical technique, with the addition of a long horizontal inframammary incision along the natural breast fold. Scarring from this extreme procedure will be the most noticeable, but might still only look like light lines on the breast, if the surgeon is particularly skilled.
Preventing and Minimizing Breast Lift Scars
Hiring a talented and patient cosmetic surgeon is the best proactive approach to preventing noticeable scarring on the breast. A true aesthetic surgery artist can perform a very invasive cut, leaving no more than a fine line as a scar. Remember that no single decision will influence your final surgical results more than your choice of surgeon.
If you do experience considerable scarring which disturbs you, talk to your doctor about secondary surgical procedures or non-surgical methods which may be employed to reduce scarring. These modalities are very effective and are usually worth investigating for almost every patient.
Breast Lift Scars Can Be Removed
Accepting the potential to experience some plastic surgery scarring is part of any operative procedure. In cosmetic breast surgery, the desired goal is to improve the overall look and feel of the breast, which might require some concessions on your part.
If you have large saggy breasts, which lack form and a defined shape, you might be wise to undergo a moderate mastopexy procedure. Sure, you might have to endure some fine scarring, but your breasts will be truly renewed and might be completely unrecognizable to you. A mastopexy will lift and firm your breasts, providing them with a high youthful shape and improved anatomical position.
The majority of women who undergo breast lifts are overwhelmed at their surgical results. Positive changes, such as these, make the possibility of minor scarring very, very worthwhile.