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How to Keep Breast Lift Scars at a Minimum

A mastopexy, or breast lift as it’s commonly called, is a procedure designed to give you beautiful breasts by addressing changes in their shape from pregnancy, aging, and weight gain or loss throughout your life. If you’re like most patients considering a breast lift surgery, you’ve probably wondered what your scars will look like after your recovery from the surgery. 

Minimizing the appearance of your breast lift scars is part of our follow-up treatment at AW Plastic Surgery. Some of that work begins as you prep for surgery, it continues as we adjust the symmetry and contours of your breasts, and it’s aided by you during your recovery with a little “homework” we’ll give you. 

Although it’s impossible to completely eliminate the appearance of scarring surgical incisions, these are some of our tips for keeping the appearance of your breast lift scars to a minimum.

What Causes Scarring After Cosmetic Surgery?

Think of scarring as a reaction to trauma inflicted on the outermost layer of your skin, known as the epidermis. Cosmetic surgery is a form of controlled injury, and as with any other type of wound, the body has a natural process for healing itself. 

According to recent research, there are three general stages your body goes through during wound healing:

  • First, there’s inflammation. Inflammation opens pathways throughout your body to transport various types of cells that help jumpstart the healing process. 
  • The second stage of healing an open wound is the proliferation of fibroblasts and other types of cells that will build up collagen and become a scar. 
  • Finally, collagen fibers harden and blood vessels start closing in the remodeling of cellular structures around the wound.

If you understand the three most important stages of wound healing, you can apply various methods, products, and lifestyle changes to optimize each stage throughout recovery.

A Great Breast Lift Recovery Begins with Nutrition

One of the best methods you can use to reduce your body’s inflammation and give it the fuel it needs to make healthy tissue and structural proteins is to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Talk to your doctor about foods that help reduce excess inflammation and make sure you stay hydrated to help your body facilitate healing. These simple steps will be your most powerful tools to help keep scarring to a minimum.

Avoid Excessive Temperatures to Promote Better Breast Lift Scar Healing

We know that one of the major stages of wound healing is inflammation. Too much inflammation can lead to excessive scarring and unsightly breast lift scars. Excessive temperatures can promote inflammation and interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. Avoid showers and baths that are too hot, saunas, and other exposure to extreme temperatures immediately after your breast lift.

Avoid UV Exposure to Limit Breast Lift Scar Discoloration

Getting a breast lift might restore the confidence you need to get back to the beach in a new bikini, but think about where you are in the healing process before you go, and always use sunscreen. The cellular “remodeling” your skin experiences as it recovers from surgery leaves it with less natural protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Exposing fresh scar tissue to UV light can make it appear darker.

Listen to Your Doctor’s Recommendations on Exercise 

You’ll need to wait at least a month until you can resume most exercises, and probably up to six weeks until you can lift weights. Your body reacts to stress as it builds scar tissue, so give it a chance to do its job without placing extra strain on it.

Learn More Ways to Minimize Breast Lift Scarring

A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to determine the right approach to make sure your breast lift scars are kept at a minimum after recovery. Dr. Anthony Wilson, AW Plastic Surgery’s Ivy League trained, board-certified plastic surgeon, can help align your lifestyle and health to give you the best possible outcome from your breast lift. 

Call our Portsmouth, NH plastic surgery practice if you have questions or want to schedule a consultation. Contact us on our website or call us (603) 294-4526.