The best way to avoid scars from breast reduction or enlargement surgery is to allow the wound to heal as soon as possible. The scar healing process varies from patient to patient and can take up to a year, so it is important to be patient and diligent in care.
There are ways to reduce the appearance of scars during and after surgery. How to Manage and Minimize Your Scars Long before the incisions after breast reduction turns into scars, you need to follow the instructions of the surgeon after treatment. Always follow your doctor’s advice on how to properly care for your breasts and incisions as you recover from surgery.
Complications such as infection can lead to poor healing and reopening of the incision, which can intensify the appearance of the scar as it heals. Once the incisions are closed, you can try your hand at the healing process to minimize scarring (but ask your surgeon first!). Before embarking on any scar minimization technique yourself, consult your surgeon even after the incisions appear to be closed.
After surgery, you will have closable strips of skin on your incisions and these should be left on for two weeks after surgery. Don’t worry and immediately remove the striped closure or put on an underwired bra as this will result in more visible scars.
Even if you see results right away, remember that it can take months for the tumor and surgical scars to completely disappear. One to two months after your surgery, your breasts will be natural and soft. In most cases, healing within 6 months will result in even more softening and lightening of the scars.
Your scars will likely last for a while, taking months or a year to fade. Cut scars can fade over time, but they never go away completely.
The doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment later that week to explain the healing process and how to care for the scars. The surgeon can also prepare you for this procedure with a mammogram and breast exam.
The surgeon will also need specific information about pregnancy and breastfeeding, mammograms, a personal or family history of any breast problems, and any history of breast tumors or biopsies. During this time, your surgeon will have a detailed medical history, including questions about what medications you are taking, what allergies you may have, about your smoking and any previous surgeries. The surgeon can take pictures of your breasts, measure them, and talk to you about how much breast tissue needs to be removed to achieve your goal. During the consultation, you will need to discuss the technique and location of the scar and ask the surgeon to explain what considerations they take into account when performing incisions.
After the incisions are made, the surgeon will remove excess tissue, fat, and skin before reshaping the breast to a smaller size. Because these incisions are smaller, the scar thickens over a small area of the breast.
Surgeons carefully make incisions in less visible areas of the breast. Fortunately, incisions are usually limited to areas of the breasts that can be covered with a bra. The quality of the scar can also vary depending on the incision made in the same breast.
It is not uncommon to see well-healing scars around the areola and vertical anchoring cuts in the breast with thicker and thicker scars forming along the lower breast crease. With proper care, scars usually fade noticeably within the first year or so after surgery and are easily hidden by clothing, even bikini tops. However, postoperative scarring mainly depends on the type of breast reduction procedure used.
There are several methods of breast reduction, and the most common scars resulting from breast reduction will depend on the technique used, as well as the individual patient and the size of the breast to be reduced. If breast reduction is performed only with liposuction techniques, only small scars will remain under the armpits that are not visible. Because this technique maximizes tissue removal and remodeling, cosmetic surgeons typically use this approach when the patient requires a more significant reduction in breast size and / or there is significant sagging or asymmetry that needs to be corrected. Although this procedure seems more extensive, the larger scar method only involves an additional incision under the breast.
As the incisions heal, the scars usually turn red and bumpy within a few weeks. But for some women, the scars may remain very visible long after surgery. In most cases, visible scars can be hidden with a bra and swimsuit.
But the severity of scars varies from person to person and from the type of incision. In the first few months after the procedure, the scars may be bumpy and red for a while.
However, any incisions made horizontally along the chest crease will not be obvious. By making an incision using one of the methods described above, the cosmetic surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin by moving the nipple/areola complex to a higher and forward position on the breast.
Remaining breast tissue and skin will be reshaped and closed with dissolving sutures. The quadrants other than the stem are removed; breast-shaped skin and excess skin excised.
The surgical process has evolved from simple breast lump reduction to more aesthetic surgery with minimal pressure on the scar. Cosmetic surgeons can use one of several surgical techniques to reduce breasts; which method the surgeon uses for a given patient depends on the patient’s existing breast anatomy, the type and amount of tissue removed, and the patient’s desired outcome. Then, you can try various postoperative methods to reduce breast shrinkage scars. The size and severity of breast enlargement or reduction scars may vary depending on the person’s health, body type, and the surgery they are undergoing, so if you are concerned, be sure to discuss it with your surgeon before the surgery.
Although many of these factors cannot be changed, there are steps you can take to reduce the appearance of breast scars after breast reduction surgery. Although your body may have fully recovered from breast reduction surgery, unfortunately, the scar may last forever.
However, they will not look the way they did immediately after surgery. But many patients will also notice that their scars get worse in the first couple of months. However, there is a significant number of scars from breast reduction by 6 months, which will show increasing signs of red, raised, thick and possibly persistently itchy and painful hypertrophic scars. A much smaller number of patients, especially those with a predisposition, will develop terrible keloid scars by this time of healing.
Hematoma, seroma, fat necrosis, skin loss, loss of nipples, and unsightly and painful scars can be complications of any breast procedure. It can be the result of a misjudgment, a wrong surgical plan, or an inaccurate plan.