What Will Scars Look Like After Breast Lift Surgery?

A breast lift is not a simple procedure. There are many different options to consider and many other procedures to undergo. If you’re thinking about getting a breast lift, it’s important to know what scars it will leave behind. 

This is especially true if you’re going through this process for the first time. 

Continue reading to learn more about breast lift scars and what they will look like after the procedure.

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What to Expect After Breast Lift Surgery

Generally, the first feeling after any surgery, including cosmetic procedures, is a feeling of intense pain. This is common and understandable because you just went “under the knife”.

Most women report feeling happy and satisfied with their results after a breast lift. However, it is important to understand that recovery and healing are required to enjoy the surgery results fully. 

  • In the days immediately after surgery, you can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. You will likely be prescribed pain medication to help you manage any discomfort.  
  • It is important to keep your incisions clean and dry and to follow your doctor’s instructions for wound care. 
  • You will also need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help support your breasts and reduce swelling.  

You can expect to see the final results of your surgery around six months post-operation. Your breasts may continue to heal and settle into their new shape during this time.  

Overall, most women are thrilled with their results after the breast lift surgery. 

How Scars Appear After Breast Lift Surgery

If you are considering breast lift surgery, you may be wondering how your scars will look. The good news is that most breast lift scars are barely visible.  

The location of your scars will depend on the type of breast lift surgery that is performed. The most common incisions are around the areola, the crease below the breast, and the armpit.  

Scars will typically be red and appear immediately after surgery. They will gradually fade and flatten over time. However, most scars will be fully healed within a year.  

While scars are typically not a significant concern after breast lift surgery, it is important to consult with your surgeon to understand what to expect. They will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your scars to ensure the best possible outcome.

The Breast Lift Scar Size 

One of the main concerns women have before surgery is the size of the breast lift scar. The size of the scar depends on the surgical technique used

The most common surgical technique for a breast lift is the anchor scar. This technique uses three incisions: one around the areola, one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and one horizontally across the breast crease. 

Note: The length of the scar depends on the size of the breast and the degree of lift needed. 

For example, A breast lift using the anchor scar typically results in a 3-inch scar on the breast crease, a 1-inch scar around the areola, and a 1-inch scar vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. 

Some women may opt for a breast lift using a lollipop scar. This technique uses two incisions: one around the areola and one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. 

A breast lift using the lollipop scar typically results in a 2-inch scar on the breast crease and a 1-inch scar around the areola. 

Other surgical techniques may also be used for a breast lift, resulting in different scar sizes. 

What Could Make The Breast Lift Scars Worse?

While breast lift scars are usually fairly small and fade over time, a few things can worsen. 

To prevent making the scars worse and minimise scarring, you need to take some important measures. Some of them include:

  1. Strictly following your doctor’s instructions, carefully and honestly. 
  2. Take care of their surgical site properly. Also, wear compression garments provided by the doctor.
  3. Avoid exposing the surgical area to the sun. It must be kept clean and dry.
  4. Use silicone scar treatment or vitamin E to heal off the scars. You can also use natural herbs, like Arnica Montana, to heal the scars too.

One of the most important things to minimise scarring is carefully following your doctor’s instructions. This includes properly taking care of the surgical site and wearing the compression garment they provide. Make sure to avoid sun exposure and keep the area clean and dry.  

You can do a few things to help reduce the appearance of scars, including using a silicone scar treatment or vitamin E oil. Arnica Montana is also a natural herb that has been shown to help with scar healing.  

Know More About Breast Lift Scars 

If you are concerned about your scars, be sure to talk to the CosMedicWest surgeon. Dr Mark Duncan-Smith. He can offer advice on how to best care for your surgical site and may be able to recommend a scar treatment that is right for you. Book an appointment as soon as possible. 

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