What is a lollipop scar?

istock 1284695374 Women dissatisfied with the natural size of their breasts have options to consider when it comes to improving them. A popular cosmetic procedure performed by board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee, is that of breast augmentation and breast lifts. Breast augmentation is the use of breast implants to add volume and size to the breasts, while a breast lift is performed to bring the breasts higher on the chest to combat sagging and drooping. However, women who are considering this procedure commonly ask about scarring. 

As with any surgical procedure, the breast augmentation and lift involves skin incisions. When there are incisions in the skin, there is scarring, which can be extremely noticeable. Breast augmentation can be done in a way to reduce the appearance of scarring, especially if the scars are hidden underneath the breasts where a scar would not be as noticeable. A lollipop scar is a certain type of incision method that will leave behind signs of surgery. While it is less desirable to have this scar, it may be necessary to properly shape the breasts and bring them into a youthful position during a lift. 

Why is it called a lollipop scar? 

The incisions used for a lollipop scar include cutting around the areola, and then downward to the base of the breast in a straight line. This is where the scar got its name, and it is a common scar formation that might be unavoidable. Patients can ask about this scar and other methods used to lift or augment the breasts that can be done in a way to reduce the appearance or avoid the need for a lollipop scar. Visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon is a great first step. 

Interested in learning more about surgical techniques for breast augmentation? 

If you are looking to have breast implants placed and want to determine the best incision methods to minimize scarring, talk to Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee and her team in Huntington Station, NY to find out if you are a proper candidate for the lollipop scar incision used for augmentation. Her facility can be reached by calling (631) 424-6707 and is located at 257 E. Jericho Turnpike.

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