Can I Get a Breast Lift Without Noticeable Scarring?

Middle Age WomanConspicuous scarring following breast lift surgery (also known as mastopexy) is a typical concern for many women contemplating this procedure. Unfortunately, some degree of scarring after surgery is unavoidable as the repositioning and reshaping of breast tissues requires the strategic placement of incisions. That said, the majority of plastic surgeons make every effort to minimize incisions based on the unique needs and desires of the patient, ultimately helping to limit the potential visibility of postoperative scarring.

One breast lift method – referred to as a “doughnut mastopexy” – consists of a singular incision made around the circumference of the areola. Hidden in the margin of pigment of the areola, the resulting scar from this pattern can be relatively inconspicuous, but not every patient is considered a good candidate for this technique. Another popular mastopexy approach that can be employed is the “vertical breast lift,” which involves an incision that encircles the areola and continues vertically down the underside of the breast to the inframammary crease. This technique can be a great option for certain individuals, but once again, not everyone is an ideal candidate.

For the majority of patients, I utilize an incision pattern that encircles the areola, continues vertically down the breast, and extends horizontally within the inframammary fold. Although this approach tends to produce a longer scar, I have found that the superior results achieved by employing this technique often far outweigh any reservations patients have about potential scarring.

Ultimately, the appearance of mastopexy scars will vary from patient to patient, but any postoperative scarring that does form will typically fade with time and can generally be concealed by most articles of clothing, including several bra and swimsuit varieties. Additionally, there are a number of scar reduction measures, such as silicone gel and careful massage techniques, that can help further lessen the final appearance of scarring.

Dr. Behzad Parva, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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