How to get rid of breast lift scars.
I think that the question about how to get rid of breast lift scars is perhaps a little misleading. All scar treatments are more about improvement, rather then removal. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a scar removal treatment, but there are treatments that can really help to improve the look and feel of your scar tissue.
The type of treatment that is suitable for you will depend on the type of scarring that you have, and your desired end results. In this blog, I’ll go through different options that are available, and how they can help to improve your scars. These treatments aren’t just relevant on how to get rid of breast lift scars, most can also be used to treat all other forms of scarring.
Breast lift scars can be treated with the following treatments:
- Fractional Laser.
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for red scarring.
- Skin Camouflaging – either areola tattooing and/or skin camouflage.
I’d recommend booking a consultation so that I can assess your scarring and we can discuss your desired results. I will then be able to put together a suitable course of treatment for you. You will also need to be patch tested with the laser before we can start you on the course of treatment.
What are the different types of breast lift scars?
Depending on your surgery, you may have one or more of the following surgery scars or scar concerns, following surgery:
- Scarring around your areola.
- Scarring that runs downthe centre of your breast.
- Scarring that runs underneath your breast.
- Wide scarring that appears to have stretched.
- Red / purple scarring.
- White scar tissue.
- Thick ‘gristly’ scarring that is lumpy.
- Sunken hollow scars.
As you can see, there are many different types of scarring and scar concerns, so the type of treatment that will suit you, will depend on all of these factors, together with your desired results.
When we think about how to get rid of breast lift scars, we will take all of these factors into account, so that you have a treatment plan that is bespoke for you.
How to get rid of breast lift scars with treatments.
We will have a look at the different treatments available. You can click on the links to visit those specific treatment pages if you’d like to know more. Alternatively, please get in touch to book a free consultation.
- Microneedling / Dry Tattooing: If your scarring is white, then microneedling may be suitable for you. This treatment breaks down old scar tissue and stimulates fresh new collagen, elastin and melanin (melanin is responsible for your natural skin tone). I often use this treatment in breast scar treatments, particularly around the areola. Click HERE to find out more about microneedling.
- Scars that have red or purple tones – vascular concerns. If this sounds more like you, then I would recommend a course of IPL laser treatments. The IPL laser targets the discoloration in the skin and helps to improve mild scarring, as it also stimulates fresh new collagen. (This treatment is not suitable for treating around the areola.) You would need 3-5 treatments 4 weeks apart. Click HERE to find out more.
- Moderate scarring, with larger areas of scarring and more noticeable deeper scars, but no discoloration. If this is you, then I would recommend fractional laser for your scarring. The fractional laser treats deeper scar tissue, targeting the skin in the deeper layers of the skin (the dermis). This minor controlled trauma stimulates fresh collagen and elastin, helping to even out skin texture and improve the look and feel of your scars. You would need 3-5 sessions 4 weeks apart.
- Moderate scarring with discoloration. If you have scarring and mild discoloration then a combined treatment program of the IPL and fractional lasers are recommended. The IPL treatments would be carried out first, followed by the Fractional laser treatments. You would need 3 of each, carried out 4 weeks apart. By combining the IPL and fractional lasers, we are targeting the discoloration and improving the scarring with the IPL, before targeting the deeper scarring with the fractional laser. Click HERE to find out more.
- Scarring and uneven areola. If your surgery has left you with uneven areola, then areola tattooing would be suitable for you. Medical grade bespoke pigments are tattooed into your skin, giving a more even appearance. Areola tattooing would be the last stage of your treatment plan. Click HERE to find out more about this treatment.
- Significant scarring that requires re-colouring. In some instances, you may wish to consider skin camouflaging to improve the appearance of your scarring. However, this is a ‘last resort’ if you have not had the results that you’d like with scar treatments. Skin camouflaging is a big commitment as it requires annual colour boosts, so the optimum result is to get your skin to regenerate and heal with scar treatments. Click HERE to find out more.
- Hyperpigmentation. If you have been left with hyperpigmentation (darker patches) as a result of your surgery, then there are products and peels that can help you. Chemical skin peels are a great way to treat hyperpigmentation and improve scar tissue. You can click HERE to find our more.
I would recommend booking a consultation, so that I can assess your skin and we can talk about different treatment options that are available to you. If I assess your skin and feel that you would benefit from seeing a Consultant Dermatologist, then I am happy to refer you.
How to get rid of breast lift scars with 3Juve Skin System.
I use the Lynton 3 Juve machine for scar removal and improvement. This is a specialist medical grade skincare system that is designed to target almost all common skin concerns. If you’d like to read more about it, you can click HERE.
It is a highly effective and safe system, with Lynton being the most respected laser provider in the industry, supplying into the NHS and private clinics. It’s the reason I chose them for my clinic, combining exceptional results and safety.
Firstly, let’s have a look at the IPL laser. With IPL, precisely controlled short pulses of light are released into the skin, causing a minor controlled trauma, and targeting areas of pigmentation and vascular concerns. The light results in the stimulation of the fibroblast cells, leading to increased production of new collagen and elastin. This improves the texture of the skin, evening out lumps and bumps whilst improving skin tone and appearance. The IPL laser pulses through the skin’s surface and targets the underlying tissue in the target area. The laser causes the pigment to break down into smaller particles, before rising up to the surface of the skin, where it will flake away as part of the body’s natural healing process.
The fractional laser is very effective at resurfacing your skin and improving deeper scarring. Minute sections of the skin are targeted with laser light, which penetrates into the tissue, causing small columns of thermal damage which in turn stimulates significant collagen renewal. The surrounding non-affected areas of skin aid the body’s natural recovery
process, allowing dramatic results without significant downtime.
Please book a consultation so that I can assess your scars and we can discuss the best course of treatment for you.
Are results permanent?
The answer to ‘how to get rid of breast lift scars’ is varied! the good news is that there are multiple treatments that are available to you. Most scars respond very well to treatment. There are occasions where I may not be able to help you, if I am not the right person to treat you, I will certainly point you in the right direction.
Results are permanent for the microneedling, fractional laser and IPL treatments. If you have medical tattooing such as areola tattooing or skin camouflage, then you will need to have maintenance treatments every 1-3 years. You’ll need to have a course of treatment, and the number of treatments you will need will depend on the area to be treated and your skin type. Everyone’s skin is different, so I can’t be exact on the number of treatments you’ll need.
Whilst the laser treatment does provide permanent results in the area you’ve had treated, it won’t prevent further damage from occurring. Please don’t worry, we will discuss a long term plan to ensure that we minimise the need for further treatments.