With any other surgical procedure that involves your surgeon making incisions, developing scars are inevitable. Breast reduction is not an exemption, unfortunately. Here, we will know about breast reduction scars, how it looks like, how to care for them, and how to minimise their appearance over time.
Breast reduction scars: The appearance
During the initial consultation with your plastic surgeon, he may have discussed with you the different techniques and ways on how he can approach your breast reduction surgery. You can expect your scar appearance to look based on the method that your plastic surgeon follows.
The Inverted T technique. If your surgeon determines that you have moderate to severely large breasts that need significant reduction, sagging, as well as asymmetry, he may recommend the inverted T or anchor technique to best address your breast issue. With this technique, you can expect to have a postoperative wound resembling an anchor that comprises of a scar around the areola (the dark-pigmented part of the breast near the nipple), a vertical scar from the areola to the breast crease, and a horizontal scar along the underboob crease.
The vertical technique. If you and your surgeon agree that you only need minimal reduction to your breast size to just a cup size, he may decide to use the vertical technique. This method is also known as the lollipop technique because, as the name suggests, your scar will look like one. You can expect that this approach uses two incisions; a circular incision around the areola, and a vertical cut from the areola to the breast crease.
Breast reduction scars: What affects its appearance
Breast reduction scars are just like any other scar in the body. These postsurgical marks may look more visible if not cared for properly. If you continue to smoke, stay under the sun to have a tan, as well as scrub or scratch the scars rigorously, these marks may darken instead of fade.
Breast reduction scars: The aftercare
Unfortunately, breast reduction scars, like any other scars, cannot be entirely removed. Their appearance and size may lighten and become smaller. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure that your scars are minimised, and you continue to have good recovery postsurgery.
Even before the surgery, you must drink plenty of water to keep your body (and skin!) hydrated. This habit makes your skin supple and look nourished, letting you have smooth-sailing healing towards recovery.
Follow your doctor’s orders
He has performed this surgery many times before, so he has also mastered the art of taking good care of breast reduction scars. He is the best resource person you can rely on with your queries about postsurgical issues and concerns. Follow his wound care instructions to avoid unwanted complications.
Moisturise at the right time
Once your wounds close and your doctor gives you a go-signal to apply moisturisers, apply them liberally and consistently. They help lighten the area and prevent itching due to drying of the skin. You can also apply sunscreen to keep away from harsh UV rays that may darken the appearance of your scars.
Scar massage, use of silicone sheets, and scar-erasing gels and creams may also help in minimising the appearance of your scars. Inquire with your surgeon the best scar remedies that may be effective for your situation. Do not attempt to apply unprescribed topical medication or scar products to prevent skin irritation.
Laser scar removal and other surgical-like procedures
You may have heard it through celebrities on TV and movies. Laser treatments to remove scars (and even tattoos) are becoming a hit. Chemical peels and bleaching solutions are also making noise as scar removal solutions. These procedures work best with darkened and raised scars. Discuss your decision to undergo any of these treatments with your surgeon to be sure that they may work for you.