Aside from my wounds underneath the breast, does the rest of the incisions look to be healing well? (photos)

Now I'm paranoid about my healing process after developing opening wounds other my breast. Do my scars look like they are forming normal? Also, I feel now my breast look droopy again. Is this temporary? I'm one month post breast lift. I'm very worried about getting keloid or hypertrophic scars. Please give your insight on my healing process!!

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I appreciate your question.

I perform a liposuction breast lift that removes tissue from the areas you don't want such as near the armpit and the lower portion hanging near your stomach. Once I use this to shape the breast I then remove the skin to tighten the breast and create a better shape with nice cleavage. Since I perform this less invasively the recovery time is faster. The size would depend on the proportion with your body versus going for a cup size. It works very well if there are asymmetries. I can also use the removed fat as a natural breast augmentation by grafting the fat back into the breast to create more projection or into the top to create more cleavage. This procedure can also be combined with an implant if needed or wanted.  It should not affect nipple sensation, mammograms, cancer risk or breast-feeding. If you gain or lose weight, the transferred fat can do the same.

Things look like that are healing well.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.  Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery.  

Best of luck!    

Dr. Schwartz 

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Embrace Active Scar Defense for Breast Lift Scarring

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Thank you for your question, and congratulations on your recent procedure! After cosmetic surgery, it is important for patients to begin a scar therapy early in the healing process. One great scar treatment that can be used for a variety of procedures is Embrace Active Scar Defense. Embrace comes in multiple sizes, and there are even specialized kits just for breast lift patients. Embrace is the only product indicated by the FDA for hypertrophic and keloid scarring. It has been shown to reduce the appearance of scars in many patients. As you are healing, it is important to consult your board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure you are healing properly and are happy with your results. Good luck in your recovery!

Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA
Los Gatos Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Post-Op Healing

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Over time, gravity will continue to have an effect and the breast skin will tend to stretch. The degree of #stretching and #sagging varies between women: generally, women with smaller breasts experience less recurring sagging. If sagging does occur, further excision of the skin on an outpatient basis can be used to correct the problem. Heavy and large breasts may lead to recurrent sagging and may require the removal of a small amount of breast tissue to achieve an optimal shape and size. One key to a satisfying result is realistic expectations.

All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Any breast operation can result in changes in sensation. This happens less with lifts than reductions but is still possible. Occasionally, minor complications occur and do not affect the surgical outcome. Major complications associated with this procedure are rare. The suitability of the breast lift procedure and specific risks may be determined during your consultation.

#Hypertrophic or #keloid scars can be a problem.  The worst are usually under the breast with an #AnchorLift or inverted “T”.  These can be treated like all thickened scars with re-excision, laser, kenalog/5-FU injections, creams, silicone strips and other methods to reduce and improve healing.

Now, if you find that you are greatly concerned about the healing process you are facing it would be good to schedule another follow-up with your surgeon to have the area examined to make sure that healing is progressing properly. Remember that these follow-ups are included in the cost of your procedure, and you are still early in the healing process. Good luck!

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews


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the incisions appear to be healing well for now based upon the photos provided. As for the look, the breasts do not look saggy, realize whenever having a breast lift the only way to get good upper pole fullness is to either use a mesh(internal bra) or more likely an implant. It appears you underwent a straight forward mastopexy, your nipples are in a reasonable position and the shape of your breasts will continue to round out over the next several months. Best of luck healing the rest of the way, if you have any significant concerns, please contact your surgeons office so they can assist you.

Breast lift

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The incisions that are seen look like they are healing well.  Best of luck with your results...................

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Wound healing

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Thanks for reaching out.  It does look like your wounds are healing well. They will go thru a series of changes in which they will start off red and inflamed then begin to settle.  Over the course of a year they will begin to fade.

I hope this helps :)

John Paul Tutela, MD
Livingston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

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