What You Need to Know About Breast Lift Scars

 

Breast lifts require incisions and because of that reason, there will always be some type of scarring. That is how the body heals and while we can help reduce the appearance of the scar, we cannot prevent one all together. The prominence of breast lift scars is impacted by incision type, the recovery process, and the time post operative.

Incision Types

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The type of incision used for your breast lift will impact the type of scarring. The type of incision that is utilized for a particular breast lift depends on the shape and size of the breasts, the position of the areoles, the skin’s elasticity, the amount of excess skin, and the degree of sagging. As a result, incisions can range from those around the areola that are relatively minimal and tend to blend quickly with surrounding skin, to horizontal incisions that are narrow and thin, to vertical incision patterns that are relatively wide. Incisions around the areolas involve small scars that are around the nipple, while incisions that are done vertically and horizontally or a combination of both will leave more visible scars. During your consultation, you will be able to go over your expectations for surgery, the type of incisions that will be utilized, and the sort of breast lift scars you can expect.

Proper Recovery and Scarring

It is important to follow all of the prescribed recovery instructions in order to heal properly after your breast lift surgery. Dressings and support bras are usually worn to protect the incision sites and reduce swelling. Movement and heavy lifting should be minimized during the first few weeks of recovery. This reduction in activity allows the incisions to heal more quickly and promotes overall wound healing. Following all recovery recommendations will reduce your chances of complications that can magnify breast lift scars.

Do Scars Fade Over Time?

While breast lift scars are permanent and most noticeable after surgery, they do tend to fade and become less pronounced over time. The degree of fading depends on a number of factors such as genetics, skin coloring, type of incision, wound healing experience, and overall patient health.

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