Breast Lift Scars: Are They Healing Correctly?

Please give me your expert opinion on my scars. At times I feel as though they are healing nicely then I look at my nipples and they are such odd shaped. Will I improve more as time goes by?
I had my surgery on 3.9.11, breast lift with 375cc HP implants. As you can see by the pictures my right breast has not dropped as much as my left, I am a bit worried about that due to when I work out, my right breast moves a lot more when I am lifting. (only 5 or 8 lb weights)

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#Breastlift Scars improved appearance

Thank you for your pictures.  Your scars are healing well, and you are only a few weeks from your surgery.  It can take many months for the scars to heal.  To improve the appearance, one option is silicone cream.  Silicone is one of the only proven modalities to improve scarring.  Whether it is in a strip that you stick on, or use of a silicone gel, silicone can flatten scars.  Best of luck.  Dr. Pacella

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Breast scars after Breast lift

It looks like your scars are pretty normal at this early stage.  It looks from the photo like you are using an ointment on the scars.  If this is an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, then you should discontinue this as long as there are no open areas and the incisions are sealed.  You should move to something like a silicone gel sheeting or tape which can help the scars as they mature and lower the risk of hypertrophic (raised) scarring. i have my patients use this for about 4-5 months after a lift. 

Breast lift scars--healing correctly?

At this early stage in your recovery, your scars look like they are healing reasonably well. There are many things your surgeon might recommend along the way, like massage and silicone sheeting, that can improve the appearance along the way. As far as the shape, you will have to allow more time for the scars to mature to see the final shape. And regarding motion of the implants, it's still early in your recovery.

Malik Kutty, MD
Sugar Land Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift Scars: Are They Healing Correctly?

Your scars look typical for their stage of healing.

Patients need to be tolerant of minor differences as the healing proceeds. Remember that you didn't undergo one operation on 3.9.11, you had two separate procedures (the right breast and then the left).

Keep your followup appointments with your plastic surgeon, and all the best.

Eric Pugash, MD
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
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Healing breast lift scars

Breast lift scars can start out quite thin and then over several weeks become more pink and noticeable before the scars mature and fade in. Your scars look fine for two months of healing. The shift of your breast implants when lifting is due to the submuscular implant pocket.

Best of luck,

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Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Scars following augment/mastopexy

Your scars are excellent and the breasts appear normal. The total scar maturation process will take up to a year. They will gradually fade to white and continue to flatten out.

Results after lift and augmentation

You look good for this time after your recovery. It can take a year for scars to mature, and your breasts need to settle as well (which can take four to six months)

Breast Lift Scars: Are They Healing Correctly

Although some changes may occur, 2 1/2 years following your surgery one would expect that the scars have matured and the position of your breast implants will not significantly change. There are many factors that play a role in how scars look following surgery. These include genetics, techniques used, forces on the skin and others.  You may want to discuss with your surgeon possible options to improve the visibility of your scars and treatment options for improving the dimpling surrounding your nipples. It is possible that fat transfers may work. Your right breast implant may be moving more if it is higher and if the implants are under your muscles. That would indicate that there may be more muscle over the right implant relative to the left. An exam by your surgeon may be helpful in figuring that out.

George Volpe, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Scars healing correctly?

Your scars are healing correctly.  Your breasts will evolve quite a bit over the next six months as the swelling subsides.  At that time you should meet with your surgeon to assess your final result.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift scars: are they healing correctly?

Hello! Thank you for your question. It does appear that all is healing appropriately. It takes several weeks to months for your final result to be seen. It is common for scars to fully mature for up to a year. In the meantime, there are a few things that may help to ameliorate your incision/scar. The most proven (as well as cheapest) modality is simple scar massage. Applying pressure and massaging the well-healed scar has been shown to improve the appearance as it breaks up the scar tissue, hopefully producing the finest scar as possible. Other things that have been shown to add some benefit are silicone sheets, hydration, and topical steroids. In addition, avoidance of direct sunlight to the incision will significantly help the appearance as they tend to discolor with UV light during the healing process.

If unsightly scars are still present after approximately a year's time, other things that your surgeon may consider are intralesional steroid injections, laser, or just surgical revision of the scar itself.

Hope that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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