As with any surgery, a breast lift or mastopexy involves incisions in your skin, and all incisions present some risk of scarring, no matter how small. While you won’t be able to avoid scars completely, there are some very effective ways to minimize their appearance.
What does mastopexy scarring look like?
Mastopexy or breast lift scars are usually thin and extend vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold (where your breast meets your chest). Shortly post-op, you may see a raised, red line along the edges of your incision. Scars tend to be more visible in people with extremely dark or light skin, or those directly in contact with the sun.
Will your scars go away?
Over time, your scars should fade to pink and then to white, as well as flatten out. This can take several months to a year. While they will become less noticeable, the scars won’t completely go away, but with proper care, they should continue to fade and flatten.
Are scars avoidable?
Thankfully, there are ways to minimize your scarring. Working with an experienced surgeon, for example, can ultimately reduce your risk of complications known to cause scarring. They can also teach you the best practices for treating your skin post-op.
For instance, avoiding heavy lifting for 6 weeks post-op, and stopping yourself from scratching or excessively exfoliating can prevent scarring. Additionally, quitting smoking at least a month pre-surgery can reduce complications, including scarring. Finally, scars may become more noticeable if they’re exposed directly to sun, so be sure to wear sunscreen!
Minimizing the appearance of your breast lift scars
If you’re already post-op and seeking ways to conceal your scars—besides wearing a cute top or bikini—consider the following methods:
By 6 weeks post mastopexy, you can start using self-adhesive silicone strips, which work to effectively reduce surgical scars. Silicone can even work on scars as old as 20 years.
If you develop a keloid scar, a series of cortisone injections can be made directly into the scar to break down its hard, fibrous tissue, which can help to flatten and soften it.
Melanin production can increase while your skin is healing. Daily application of hydroquinone cream can prevent the darkening of the skin around your scar.
Massaging your scar can prevent hardening. Use your fingers to apply firm pressure and massage in circular motions a few times a day for up to a year.
5) Laser scar removal.
By 6 months post-surgery, if your scars develop into depressed scars (rather than raised) you can pursue a fractional laser resurfacing treatment. Feel free to ask about this during your consultation!
Getting a breast lift will likely lead to some scarring, but the best prevention is to find a reputable, experienced surgeon. To learn more about mastopexy options in Tampa, Florida, Contact Egozi Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation!