Breast Lift Scars, Before And After, Types, & How Much It Costs

Surgeries

If you’re thinking about a breast lift but want to know more about scarring, this article is for you. Breast lift scars depend on the type of breast lift, a patient’s personal healing tendencies, and a smooth healing process. Here we’ll cover what you need to know about breast lift scars and other important aspects of the procedure.

Breast Lift Scars Placement

There are several types of breast lift procedures, each with it’s own scar pattern:

Type Of Breast LiftWho’s A CandidateScar PatternImageAdditional Points
•crescent lift• smaller breasts (B-cup or less)
• minimal lift needed
•at the upper border of the areolaScar pattern of crescent type breast lift•often done in conjunction with a breast implant to increase breast volume and perkiness
•”donut” lift, also known as peri-areolar lift• smaller breasts (very small C-cup or less)
• minimal lift needed
•around the outer border of the areolaScar pattern of donut type breast lift• often done in conjunction with a breast implant to increase breast volume and perkiness
•”lollipop” lift, also known as vertical lift• moderately large breasts (C-cups and smaller D-cups)
• moderate lift needed
• around the outer border of the areola
• vertically from the bottom of the areola to the lower breast fold
Scar pattern of lollipop type breast lift• may be used with an implant if size enlargement and more perkiness is desired
•”anchor” lift, also known as inverted-T lift• larger breasts (large C-cups and larger)
• significant lift needed
• around the outer border of the areola
• vertically from the bottom of the areola to the lower breast fold
• horizontally across the lower breast fold
Scar pattern of anchor type breast lift• may be used with an implant if size enlargement and more perkiness is desired

Types Of Breast Lift Scars

Normal/Mature

Normal or mature scars are the least noticeable and best category of scars. They are generally of minimal width and blend well into the surrounding skin.

Closeup of a normal scar
Closeup of a normal scar

Hypertrophic Scars

This type of scar is thick, red and raised. They can be very anxiety-provoking due to their angry look, especially for techniques that place a lot of scars on the breasts. The good news is that hypertrophic scars generally resolve on their own over the first year or so to become more normal/mature types.

Closeup of a hypertrophic scar
Closeup of a keloid scar

Keloid Scars

This is the most dreaded type of scar. Keloid scars tend to occur more commonly in prone individuals such as darker skin individuals and those with a family history. Keloids grow far outside the incision lines and can be very challenging to prevent and treat.

Closeup of a keloid scar

Widespread Scars

This type of scar is typically flat and pale but wide and stretched looking. Widespread scars are usually considered less problematic than hypertrophic scars, and certainly keloids because they are more subtle, blending quite well into the surrounding skin.

Scarless Breast Lift:

“Scarless breast lift” is a term used for a procedure in which a probe is passed into the breast through a tiny incision. The probe uses either ultrasound waves (Vaser) or a combination of radio-frequency waves and helium gas (J-Plasma) to energize the tissues causing an instant tightening, and rejuvenating effect. Because only a tiny incision is required making scarring essentially invisible unless a problematic keloid forms. A major limitation of the scarless breast lift technique is that it is only applicable to very small breast sizes needing the most minimal lifting.

Breast Lift Scars With And Without Implants:

Breast Lift With Implants

Breasts with minimal sagging can achieve the desired lifting using breast implants alone. In these cases, breast lift scars are minimal and are the same as breast implants scars. Because the implant itself serves to lift the breast, a case that might usually need an anchor-pattern lift, for example, may only need the lollipop lift when an implant is involved. Implants always increase the overall weight of the breast which so a breast lift with implants may not last as long as one without implants.

Breast Lift Without Implants

Breast lift without implants might need more incisions and leave more scars than breast lift with implants. For example a moderate-sized breast that would need a lollipop-type breast lift to achieve the desired effect may only need a donut lift if an implant is used. This is because the addition of an implant lifts and perks up the breast itself so that the amount of further lift required becomes less. On the other hand, use of implants increases the cost of the breast lift surgery and can be associated with complications specific to breast implants.

Breast lift with implants may require fewer incisions than without implants

Preventing Breast Lift Scars:

All surgical procedures leave scars, so preventing breast lift scars completely is not possible. Ways to optimize and minimize scars include:

  • follow all post-operative instructions carefully, wound healing complications can make scars worse
  • don’t return to physical work or exercise too soon
  • don’t overdue breast implant size – this can lead to heavier scars
  • use sunscreen on incision lines after they’re healed (UV rays penetrate clothing!)
  • consider using silicone gel or silicone strips products, especially if prone to heavy scars
  • consider prolonged incision line taping with products like Steri-Strips or Embrace if you’re prone to widespread scars
  • choose a board-certified surgeon with a good reputation that does a lot of breast lifts

How Much Is A Breast Lift?

How much a breast lift will cost depends on a number of factors. Surgeon factors such as location, experience, popularity, and reputation will contribute to how much a breast lift is. Breast lift type will also be a major determining factor in total cost. Crescent and donut types are on the lower end and lollipop and anchor lifts will be on the upper end of the fee scale. Another major contributor to how much a breast lift will cost is whether an implant is used. The use of implants can increase overall cost very substantially. According to HealthCare Blue Book, a typical range in the USA for breast lift fees is around $6000 on the low end up to $18,000 on the high end.

Conclusion:

Breast lift scars are a function of two major factors: the number of incisions and the quality of healing for each incision. The number of incisions placed is determined by the technique required to provide the desired lift and cup-size. Using an implant can reduce the total number of incisions needed since implants provide some lifting themselves. How each incision actually heals and looks is determined by many complex factors including genetics, choice of surgeon and an uncomplicated healing process.

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