About Breast Lift Incisions
There is no denying that after a breast lift you will be left with visible scars. The talented surgeons at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, try to minimize the visibility of scars by producing the cleanest incisions, however this is something that cannot be avoided. Toronto Cosmetic Clinic houses both surgical and non-surgical departments that are filled with skin rejuvenation treatments for almost any skin concern out there, including scarring.
To most the word “scar” reminds them of an unsightly, distracting mark on their body. A scar however, is just the natural way a body heals itself. Whenever the skin has been cut past the epidermis and into the dermis, such as in the case of a breast lift, to repair and close the incision the body goes through a series of pre-programmed events.
For the first 6 weeks the body will be in a very active phase of collagen deposition (scar formation) to the incision site. For these weeks the incision site will appear very red and/or dark, due to the abundance of blood capillaries to help nourish and heal the skin. After 6 weeks collagen synthesis slows and the scar will lighten in colour and texture, however as the saying goes, “time heals all wounds”; this process can take up to one year after your breast lift surgery. In the meantime there are several treatments and products that you can use to facilitate proper scar formation.
Toronto Cosmetic Clinic has various silicone based products intended for post-surgical scar healing. When applied in the process of the scar being formed, usually within the first couple weeks from your breast lift surgery, silicone will facilitate proper scar formation. This means it will create flatter, softer scars with reduced colour. It does so by regulating the environment that surrounds the forming scar, to allow for more “normal” collagen production (this is what a scar is mostly comprised of). Silicone usually helps with discomfort and itchiness associated with scar formation.
Fractional Laser Treatments
Usually after 6 months from your breast lift you can begin with laser therapy. The Fractional laser procedure at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic is safe for all skin types, and is a very tolerable, effective treatment.
Fractional is a non-ablative type of laser resurfacing. This means that the laser bypasses the top layer of the skin and acts on the underlying layers (dermis). Ablative treatments on the other hand spread heat on the top layer (epidermis) of the skin. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic our Fractional treatments are performed by the Palomar Starlux 500, which sends out 1540nm wavelengths to the skin. This specific wavelength is absorbed by water in our skin which is transformed into heat. This heat then starts to destroy the scar layer by layer. The skin will now try to repair itself, just like a scaffold, to replace and remodel the damaged skin/scar from the fractional treatment. As new connective tissue, especially collagen is being deposited this will then fill in any skin imperfections, by “pushing” out the divots in the skin. Therefore fractional treatments are referred to Laser Resurfacing, as it corrects textural issues within the skin, and works best on atrophic surgical breast lift scars.
For scars that are not only depressed, but have a discolouration to them, sometimes a Medlight treatment can performed in conjunction with Fractional, to reduce redness. The numbers of treatments vary but usually 6-8 sessions, about 1 month are recommended.
Some races are prone to developing keloid scars, which is when excess amounts of collagen have been deposited during the healing process. This is usually something that one is genetically predisposition to. A steroid-based injection such as cortisone or kenalog, breaks down tough connective tissue and can prevent further overgrowth of the scar.
Other Steps to Facilitate Proper Scar Formation
There are various factors, both intrinsic and extrinsic which determine how your scar will form after a breast lift. Genetics play a big role, along with age and your health. Those who smoke and/or are diabetic most likely will have slow and poor scar formation. One year after your breast lift it is also important to avoid the sun (including tanning beds) near the area. Since the skin is so sensitive, UV light can darken the scar considerably.
Last but not least it is best to think of a scar as a trade-off for rejuvenated lifted breasts!