When it comes to breast lift, the healing process will depend on your post-op care, and how well your body heals after surgery.
After years of experience with patients from all over the world, I have learned that the color of your skin doesn't really make the difference in this kind of surgery. Small recovery delays like keloid Scarring could happen in any skin type and color.
The importance of taking care of these delays and detecting them in time is the key to a great surgery outcome.
Need a cosmetic breast surgery expert, race does not matter
When it comes to breast surgery, skin color does not matter. (It does matter when it comes to facial resurfacing.) Any plastic surgeon who is very experienced has treated many people of all races. There are no special considerations. True, black patients may have a higher risk of keloids, but the vast majority of blacks heal with nice scars. If you have a keloid history you know that already whether you are white, black, or brown. If you have had previous surgery with nice scars, no problem after ear piercing, and no keloids after childhood trauma, you are likely going to heal with acceptable scars. You can look at results of breast lift surgery on various races on my website.
Breast Lift and “Ethnic Skin”?
No, you do not need to find a “specialist” for “mixed race skin”. You should however do your due diligence and find a well experienced board certified plastic surgeon who can show you significant experience helping patients like yourself.
Mixed racial skin for breast lift
While some patients' skin can be tricky to deal with in terms of developing hypertrophy or keloids, most plasitc surgeons deal with patients of different skin types pretty frequently. You really do not have to search out a "special" surgoen for this.
Any plastic surgeon can operate on any skin type. There is no such thing as a specialist for a certain skin type. Plastic surgeons are experts on surgery of all types of skin.
No matter what your skin type is, the surgery will be performed the exact same way.
A plastic surgeon can deal with all types of skin of all ethnic people. Although to tell you the truth - asians scar the worst. After that most healing is variable.
A plastic surgeon is the right specialist.
Plastic surgery training deals with the management of all skin types on all areas of the body. Some skin types are quite challenging and you need to listen to your surgeon as he or she explains some of the possible healing issues particular to your skin type.
Mixed race skin will have more chance to have irregular coloration around the scars as well as thickening of the scars. Go over these concerns with your surgeon and you will be able to make the right choice.
I do not believe you need a specialist in ethnic skin. A good surgeon is a good surgeon. Most surgeons do not have control over how any type of skin heals but will be sensitive to healing, placement of incisions, supplemental treatment for pigmentation and hypertrophic scar problems, etc.
Ethnic skin needs clean surgery
Breast lifts can lead to unhappy patients because of the scarring. Good surgery does not eliminate the risks of hypertrophic scarring. A lot of scarring is based in genetics. However, good techniques can certainly lead to good results -- or at least better results.
Specialist for ethnic skin and Breast lifts and Reductions
Ethnic skin can have challenges with scarring. Fair white skin tends to fade well with time. If you have another skin type: Latina, Filipino, Black, Asian, will it heal as well?
Any surgeon who trained in a breast fellowship and has done a lot of breast surgery (which is many of us. breast reductions and lifts are a common surgery we all do), has operated on women of color. Being a plastic surgeon in the Bay Area, many of my patients are different ethnicities. I don't think anyone "specializes" in ethnic skin. If they say they do, then it is a bit of marketing PR, as all of us see many different skin types.
1. Short scar technique. There are two basic kinds of major breast lifts. One leaves you with a large anchor scar, the inferior pedicle / Wise technique. The second leaves you with a lollipop scar, the vertical technique.
Find someone who does the vertical technique. It is a much smaller scar, and it is missing the long underwire scar. When doing the anchor inferior pedicle scar, the part of the scar which tends to keloid is the inner part of the underwire scar. The lollipop scar has none of that, Shorter scar. No scar near midline. And it has a better shape.
2. Technique for skin closure: Look at the scars from other lift patients. How do they look? A multi layer, good closure is important for any scar on any skin type.
3. What is your surgeon's scar plan? Tape, mederma, silicone gel sheeting, hydroquinone, etc etc. Talk with them about your concerns.
Hope this helps!