No matter what kind of cosmetic surgery a patient is interested in, among the top concerns that I always hear is the scar. When it comes to breast lift surgery, here’s what you need to know about the scars before you decide.
Typically a breast lift is indicated when your nipple-areolar complex is off center, as measured from the inframammary fold. Patients like to request as little scarring as possible to have a nice result, but your breasts and the amount of sagginess will ultimately determine the best option for you.
Before I perform a breast lift procedure, I measure your real breast volume, your apparent breast volume, and the distance from the current nipple-areolar complex to where it is supposed to be. These measurements allow me to provide you the best option to minimize the scars that will result from the procedure.
I always explain that the only way you can have a minor breast lift, meaning that your incision is just around the areola, is if your breast sagginess is less than 3 cm. When there is 3 cm of breast sagginess, this means that the amount of excessive skin you have is not a lot, and when I mark the area that we need to excise, the scar can be hidden with a closure around the areola. Gradually, they will fade over time.
So, when we talk about the length of the scar, you need to be realistic and understand that you cannot pick and choose a given breast lift technique. Your breasts will ultimately determine the length of the scar and the procedure that is more indicated for you. At the earliest stage of the intervention, the plastic surgeon must carefully explain these things to the patient so as not to cause disappointment and unsatisfactory results in the end.