Will A Breast Lift Procedure Involve Scarring?

At the Gartner Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, conveniently located in in Manhattan, and New jersey, we perform a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures focused on enhancing the breasts. We offer breast lift procedures, which are surgical procedures that aim to restore a firmer and perkier shape to sagging breasts.

The breast lift procedure, also known as a Mastopexy, creates a more youthful body contour by removing excess, stretched-out skin, reshaping the tissue and raising the areola. Breast lifts are surgeries that require incisions and because of that, some scarring will occur during the body’s natural healing process. While there are ways to reduce the appearance of scars, some scarring is to be expected with any incision.


A breast lift cosmetic surgery can be done with a variety of incision techniques. Dependent on the breast tissue, the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed and the patient’s personal aesthetic goals, the exact incision technique will vary. At your initial consultation with Dr. Gartner, he will give recommendations on the type of breast lift procedure that is most suitable to achieve optimal results with the least possible amount of scarring.

As previously mentioned, the scarring is impacted by the type of incision used for the breast list, which will be determined by the shape and size of the breasts, the position of nipples and areoles, the elasticity of the skin, the amount of excess skin and the severity of sagging. The incision made can be 1) a relatively minimal one around the areola and is non-conspicuous because it blends naturally with the surrounding skin 2) a larger, horizontal incisions that are narrow and thin and 3) a relatively wide, vertical incision pattern.

Due to the variety of incision techniques that can be done during the breast lift, the types of scars that form will also vary. Patients with incisions around the areola will notice the formation a thin scar ring surrounding the areola. These are scars that are relatively minimal and blend well into the skin – becoming less noticeable over time. The relatively larger or wider incisions that are done vertically or horizontally will typically leave more visible scars.


Patients will see that immediately following the surgical procedure and during the initial months of recovery, the scars will appear to be very noticeable, red and lumpy, however, given more time and proper care, the scars will eventually fade into thin white lines that can blend naturally into the skin and are less pronounced. The degree of scar fading will depend on a number of factors, which include genetics, skin type, incision technique, would healing experience, post-operative care and overall patient health.

Although the scars are permanent, there are steps which patients can take during recovery to help them heal well. For instance, silicone sheeting or gel has been shown to reduce the appearance of scars. If you know that you scar poorly, you will want to apply a good scar gel or sheeting as soon as your incisions are healed.

This can be done for 6 months or more. It is also advised to protect your scars from he sun as tanning can create pigmented scars. When considering the long-term results from a successful breast lift in New York, many women are able to overlook the scars for the enjoyment of firmer and more aesthetically pleasing breasts.


At the Gartner Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we specialize in minimizing scarring associated with breast lift procedures to maximize patient satisfaction. Dr. Gartner is a double board certified plastic surgeon with extensive breast lift experience.

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