Conspicuous scarring after breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is a common concern for many Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Blacksburg patients who are considering this procedure. Unfortunately, some scarring is an inevitable part of mastopexy and breast augmentation with a breast lift because incisions are necessary to remove extra skin and reposition breast tissue to a more elevated, youthful position. That said, most plastic surgeons do everything in their power to limit the postoperative visibility of potential scarring based on the unique needs of the individual.
In this blog post, I’ll discuss breast lift incision options and the types of scars they create. This information can help you have a more educated discussion with your surgeon about the kind of incision technique that will work best for your needs.
Where is the incision for a breast lift?
There are several breast lift incision options, but three of the most common include:
- Periareolar: A single, circular incision concealed in the pigment of the areola.
- Lollipop: An incision made around the areola and straight down the breast.
- Inverted “T”: The incision encircles the areola, extends vertically down the breast, and continues along the inframammary crease.
What breast lift incision creates the least visible scar?
The periareolar breast lift incision around the areola generally produces the least visible scar, but not everyone is a good candidate for this approach. Another popular option is the lollipop incision, but in my opinion, optimal mastopexy results can not always be achieved with this incision.
Why is the Inverted “T” incision preferred?
For most patients, I employ an inverted “T” incision pattern. While this approach may yield a longer scar, I have discovered that an inverted “T” incision generally produces the best breast lift results, often outweighing any reservations patients have about scarring in the end. Other approaches have unacceptably long downtimes or poorer scars.
You can read more about the breast lift recovery process and scarring in this related blog post.
Ultimately, a board-certified plastic surgeon will be able to recommend the most appropriate mastopexy incision pattern for your goals, as well as discuss with you the pros and cons of each approach in thorough detail at the time of your consultation. You can see some of my own patients’ breast lift results in the before-and-after photo gallery.
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