Does Breast Lifting Alone Leave Suture Marks and Scars?

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Breast Lifting Leave Scars?

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Yes, all techniques of breast lift surgery to involve excision of breast skin to some degree. There is always a resulting scar ( but not necessarily “suture marks”).
Keep in mind,  that most patients (If properly selected and who are doing the operations and the right time of their lives) accept the scars associated with breast augmentation/breast lifting surgery as long as they are happy with the improvement in contour, size, and symmetry. This acceptance of the scars is the essential “trade-off” associated with many of the procedures we do in the field of plastic surgery.
It may be in your best interest to meet with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss options.
Best wishes.

Breast Lift Scars

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Any surgery results in scars and more extensive surgery may leave longer scars. Suture marks or cross hatching is avoidable with the use of a subcuticular closure. A breast augmentation produces scars but they are shorter than if a breast lift is performed. Depending on the amount of lift required a lollipop or inverted T scar may be required. No plastic surgeon enjoys placing a scar on a woman's breast but many times it is necessary to achieve the final result. You a a patient may have to decide if the associated scarring is worth it to you to obtain the result you desire. Best of Luck

Richard Linderman, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon

Breast lift and scars

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Breast lift surgery requires incisions to lift and mold the breast parenchyma and tighten the skin envelope.

Does breast lift leave scars? Unfortunately yes.

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Any incision will leave a scar. Plastic surgeons are trained to make those scars as invisible as possible, but all surgery results in scarring. Doing a breast lift usually involves moving the nipple and areola to a place higher on the breast, so there will at least be a scar around the areola, often pretty well camouflaged by the color difference between the darker areola and the skin of the breast. If you need a fair amount of skin removed, the scars may extend down from the areola to the crease underneath the breast.

Unfortunately there would have to be a compromise; scars in exchange for nicely shaped breasts.

All Surgery Entails Scarring, Even Plastic Surgery

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While there are many different types of breast lift techniques, and while some have more scars than others, all entail at least some scarring.  Even with modern plastic surgery techniques, scarring is inevitable with surgery.  Sorry.

Michael C. Pickart, MD
Ventura Plastic Surgeon

Breast lift does indeed produce scars

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Breast lift becomes necessary when the nipple has descended below the fold under the breast. The degree to which the nipple has descended will determine the type of mastopexy or lift needed. The lift may involve a scar round the nipple, around the nipple and down to the fold, or in severe instances a 'T' pattern with a scar across the fold as well. The appearance of quality of the scar is the question in Mastopexy because the motivation is that patients want to look well outside of a bra, with the breast pert and shaped nicely. A scar of some sort is always necessary to lift the breast and nipple, and most patients who understand the trade-offs will do well, though you should take your time to make sure the lift is right for you and your lifestyle.

Best of luck,


Breast Lift and scarring

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Hi Farnie - Unfortunately, a breast lift does leave scars. it's a great procedure, but the scarring can't be avoided. The lift can be done with incisions around the areola alone, around the areola and with a vertical incision, or with incisions around the areola, vertically, and horizontally under the breast. The incisions used depends on the amount of sagginess of your breasts. After the surgery, scar therapy can be done to help minimize the scars. This involves the use of Mederma, silicone strips, Scar-Guard, and a number of other choices. Good luck!

Scars with surgery

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Any time a surgeon makes an incision, it leaves a scar. Our goal as plastic surgeons is to leave scars which are cosmetically acceptable. Many different incisions are used for breast lift, but they be an incision just around the areola, a lollipop incision (around the areola with a vertical extension downward), or an anchor incison (lollipop incision plus an incision in the crease at the base of the breast). The choice of incision depends on the amount of nipple-areola droopiness and whether an implant is used. Virtually all plastic surgeons close the incisions with sutures below the skin so as to avoid ugly scars or suture marks.

Your best bet is consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine what type of incisions would be best for you. Hope this helps. Best of luck.

Breast lift (mastopexy) incisions and scars

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There are so many different options for mastopexy that this is not an easy question to answer. Scars can range from fold incisions (for implants alone), to crescents, to donuts, to loollipops and to anchors. I know that sounds like a strange collection of items but these are some of the nicknames of the incision designs.

The proper incision depends on several factors including the degree of sagging.

Scars are a function of the techniques, suture materials and your inherent response to injury and the subsequent healing process.

Breast Lift Scars

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Most mastopexy procedures leave some type of scar. The minimum scar would be around the areola but most of the time, a scar from the areola to the crease is required. "Suture marks" are usually not an issue as deep absorbable sutures don't leave marks. The result of a lift is to move the nipple/areola back to its normal position and reshape the breast to make it more "perky".

John M. Pierce, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon

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