When I speak to my patients about cosmetic surgery procedures during their consultation appointments, scarring is a topic that comes up frequently. This is totally understandable. If you’re spending time and resources on a cosmetic procedure, you wouldn’t want your final results to be negatively affected by unsightly scarring. However, in my many years of performing cosmetic surgery, I have developed techniques to help minimize visible scarring following surgery.
The scar left following a cosmetic procedure depends on many factors including the location of the incision made during surgery. During a traditional breast lift procedure, an anchor-shaped incision is made around the areola (nipple) and straight down to the breast fold. An additional small incision is then made in the breast crease. This leads to a vertical scar from the nipple down to the breast crease.
One procedure alternative that many patients have come to love is something that I call the No Vertical Scar technique for breast reduction. During the procedure, I am able to make a round incision around the areola, without the need for any additional vertical incision. The result is smaller, lighter, better-shaped breasts with less post-surgery scarring. This method may be most beneficial for women who do not experience considerable breast sagging and will not need a large amount of skin and tissue removed.
It’s important to remember that with time and proper post-surgical care, the color and texture of scars from cosmetic surgery will fade and become less noticeable. This technique may not be the best choice for everyone. Still, I pride myself on providing my patients with as many options as possible to help each person find the right cosmetic procedure for their specific needs. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional plastic surgery tips, news, and more.