What breast lift scars should I expect from the procedure?
I have come to the conclusion that I am willing to accept breast lift scars if my breasts will once again look perky. Are there different types of scars depending on how deflated your breasts are?
I got a breast lift and breast reduction done about 15 months ago. The technique that the doctor used was the vertical lift, and honestly since its been over a year I would classify it as minimal scarring. There is no doubt you can see a vertical scar below my nipple down to my breast crease but it has faded with time. I also religiously put vitamin E on the scar to try and make it fade. The scar around my areola isn't so bad either. It kind of just looks like my nipple is a little off but not in a bad way.
I had a similar question when I went in for my breast lift surgery consultation. There are a few different types of breast lifts which all yield different scars. It depends on how saggy your breasts are. During the procedure the doctor will remove excess breast tissue which is making the breast sag. A lot of women opt to have breast augmentation surgery along with their lift so they usually undergo one of two techniques - a crescent or peri-areola lift.
A woman who is looking to get a breast augmentation with a lift and has not experienced too much sagging yet usually gets a crescent lift. The surgeon will cut a semi-circle on the top part of your areola - remove excess breast tissue and insert the breast implant. The scarring is rather minimal around the upper part of the nipple and fades with time.
A peri-areola lift, also know as a "Donut lift" is also often used by women who are going to combine the lift with an augmentation. Just like the shape of a donut, the surgery is a circle around the areola and that is where the scarring will be. This is usually used by women whose breasts are a little more deflated. I was told it is also helpful to use this technique if you are looking to reduce the areola size.
Since I was only getting a lift and not an augmentation, I opted for the vertical lift. It is also known as the lollipop lift because the surgeon makes an incision around the areola and then from under the breast crease up to the areola - kind of resembling what a lollipop looks like. Unfortunately you will have a scar of a line under your areola and around your areola. But it does fade with time and personally I don't find it to be that bad. Plus I would rather have nice shaped breasts with this scar, versus deflated breasts with no scar.
The breast lift that I got allowed the plastic surgeon to remove all of my excess tissue and completely reshape my breast. They are the best that they have ever looked.
There is also an "Inverted T" lift that involves three incisions but my breasts were able to get a great lift using the vertical technique.
There are several types of scars, but there are now more and more options in plastic surgery that makes scars not as visible. However, I have read that the amount of sagging in addition to other facts may disqualify you for certain minimal scarring procedures.
In my case, my breasts were not that large (Size D), but they were deflated. I was a good candidate for a few breast lift procedures, like the invisible scar, sub-areola, lift. It involves raising the areola and then placing the sutures underneath the areola, where the incision is not detectable.
My mother did not qualify for one of the innovative, undetectable procedures. She was given the option between the doughnut, vertical, and traditional anchor incision surgical techniques. Perhaps your doctor will recommend the anchor incision, which results in circular, vertical and horizontal scars. The doughnut results in a circle around the areola while the vertical results in just a vertical line. Scars are permanent, but they do diminish over time.
Breast lift scars vary from person to person. When I got my breast lift three years ago, I asked my doctor about scarring (I wanted as little scarring as possible). She explained that the number of scars a patient has is dependent on the incision pattern used to do the surgery. Some women will need incision marks around the areola, while others will require incision marks along the breast crease. I have a small scar around my nipple and a vertical scar beneath the nipple. After several years of healing, they've largely faded, and I definitely think they're a fair trade off for perky, symmetrical breasts. Every woman is different, however, and your breast lift may require more or fewer incisions than mine did.
I remember how i was scared before my breast lift few years ago. Especially i was scared if the result will be good and if the scars would be very visible. But at my consultation they assured me it is not very visible. Then when i saw the result i could not be happier and was not even thinking of the scars. Now it has been already 2 years and to be honest you can barely see them. I remember they were red for a while and yes even if they told me at Forme clinic it will be good after time there was still bit of me worried. I remember i used some creams after time and maybe even the diet helped. Now there is just tiny white scar almost not visible and minimal scar around my areola - so no worries
I had Mastopexy or breast lift surgery completed last year, which removed excess skin, lifted my nipples and rearranged the breast tissue to give me younger looking breasts. The breast lift turned back the hands of time, and my breasts are perky and lifted again. I do have scars, but they lightened drastically as my skin healed and are easily covered with my bikini or the sexist of lingerie. I can honestly say that I look great naked and with lingerie. I'm thankful for my plastic surgeon who listened to my goals and did the surgery with naturally concealed incisions within my nipples and the curve just under my breasts.
Ask your board-certified plastic surgeon for before and after photos from previous patients. There are different options that you may choose if scars are a serious concern for you. I'm thrilled with my results, but there are also scar-free breast lifts that use a dissolvable mesh that is inserted to lift your breasts and special sutures options that use less tension to avoid scaring. During your consultation, ask your surgeon for photos that show precious surgical results, and ask about non-scar options. My breast lift changed and improved my life and self-confidence in dramatic ways. I am thrilled with my breast lift, and I wish you all the best!
My breasts were very saggy and my doctor performed an anchor lift (Inverted T) on me. It is similar to the vertical lift except there is a third incision made across the inframammary fold, and is concealed by the breast crease. Using this surgical technique the doctor was able to remove my excess skin and raise my nipple which was severely drooped from breast feeding and most likely just age.
Trust me the trade-off of droopy breasts versus some minimal scarring is worth it. Plastic surgery was the only thing that was going to return my breast shape to the way it was before I had kids. I was thinking about a breast augmentation with the lift but the surgeon said I had enough breast skin to make my my boobs a good size just with the breast lift procedure.