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Scars after Breast Reduction Surgery

Scar Management after Breast Reduction Surgery

Reducing scars after breast reduction surgery is a topic of significant interest for many patients undergoing this procedure. Scars, while a natural consequence of such surgeries, can often lead to discomfort or self-consciousness. This blog aims to address these concerns by providing an in-depth understanding of the surgical procedure, the nature of scarring, and effective techniques to manage and minimise scars post breast reduction surgery.

The guide draws upon the expertise of Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, a distinguished plastic surgeon based in Chester, UK, who specialises in breast reduction surgery. Her insights and professional experience offer a valuable perspective on the subject matter.

This guide is intended for those interested in breast reduction surgery, those who have recently undergone the procedure, or those supporting a loved one through their journey. By offering practical advice and answering common questions, it seeks to give readers the knowledge necessary to navigate their post-surgery journey with confidence.

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What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, medically known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure designed to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. The surgery involves the removal of excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with the patient’s body.

The procedure begins with your plastic surgeon making incisions on the breasts. The pattern of these incisions depends on the amount of tissue to be removed, the patient’s personal conditions, and the surgeon’s best judgement. After the incisions, the nipple—which remains tethered to its original blood and nerve supply—is repositioned. If necessary, the areola is reduced by excising skin at the perimeter. Underlying breast tissue is then reduced, lifted, and shaped.

Following the surgery, stitches are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Stitches, skin adhesives, or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.

The results of breast reduction surgery will be immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realise the benefits of this life-enhancing procedure.

Scars after Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery

Scarring is a natural and inevitable part of the healing process following any surgical procedure, including breast reduction. The extent and visibility of these scars can vary based on several factors such as the surgical technique used, individual healing process, and post-operative care.

In breast reduction surgery, incisions are usually made in one of three patterns: around the areola; around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease; or an inverted T or anchor-shaped incision pattern. Consequently, scars are usually located around the darker skin surrounding the nipple (areola), extending vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the crease.

Immediately after surgery, these scars can be quite noticeable. But over time they tend to fade and become less visible. The final appearance of the scar can take up to a year or more to fully establish. It’s important to note that while scars become less obvious over time, they are permanent and complete scar disappearance is not possible.

Individual factors such as genetics, age, skin type, and lifestyle can also influence scar healing and appearance. For instance, younger skin tends to heal faster and better than older skin, and non-smokers generally heal better than smokers.

Techniques to Reduce Scars after Breast Reduction Surgery

Minimising the appearance of scars following breast reduction surgery is a multi-faceted process that can involve a variety of techniques. Here, we delve deeper into each of these methods:

  1. Surgical Technique: The first step in minimising scarring begins in the operating room. A skilled surgeon will employ techniques that place incisions in less visible areas or follow the natural contours of the body to make scars less noticeable. For instance, incisions can be made around the areola or along the breast crease where the natural shadows of the body can help conceal the scars
  2. Scar Management Therapies: Once the surgical wounds have healed, scar management therapies can be initiated. Silicone sheets or gels are commonly used and have been shown to reduce the thickness and visibility of scars. They work by hydrating the scar tissue, which helps to soften and flatten the scars, and reduce associated symptoms such as itching and discomfort
  3. Laser Therapy: Laser therapy can be an effective method for scar reduction. Different types of lasers can target various aspects of the scar. For example, pulsed dye lasers can improve redness, while fractional lasers can help smooth out the texture and reduce the thickness of scars
  4. Steroid Injections: Steroid injections can be used to treat hypertrophic or keloid scars, which are raised, thickened areas of scarring. The steroids work by reducing inflammation and slowing down the rapid cell growth that leads to such scars. This can help to flatten and soften the scar, making it less noticeable
  5. Microneedling: Microneedling is a procedure that uses small needles to prick the skin and stimulate new collagen production, which can help to reduce the appearance of scars. The new collagen helps to fill in the scar tissue, making it more level with the rest of the skin. This treatment can also improve the texture and colour of the scar
  6. Topical Treatments: There are numerous creams, oils, and gels available that can help to reduce the appearance of scars. These often contain ingredients like onion extract or vitamin E, which have been shown to improve the colour, texture, and overall appearance of scars. It’s important to note that these treatments are usually more effective on newer scars and may not have as much effect on older, more established scars

Post-Surgery Care for Minimal Scarring

Post Breast Reduction Surgery Care

Post-operative care plays a crucial role in the healing process and the eventual appearance of scars. Here are some strategies that can help minimise scarring after breast reduction surgery:

  • Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions: After surgery, your plastic surgeon will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your incisions. This may include cleaning protocols and application of topical treatments. Adhering to these instructions is vital for optimal healing and scar minimisation
  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Ultraviolet (UV) rays can darken scars and make them more noticeable. It’s recommended to keep your scars covered and apply a high-factor sunscreen if you need to be in the sun
  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Good nutrition, adequate hydration, and regular exercise (once approved by your plastic surgeon) can promote better healing. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption as these can impair the healing process
  • Wear Appropriate Support Garments: Your plastic surgeon will likely recommend a specific type of bra to wear after surgery. These garments provide necessary support, reduce movement, and help minimise tension on the incisions, which can lead to wider scars
  • Gentle Massage: Once the incisions have fully healed, gentle massage can help to soften and flatten scars. It also improves circulation in the area, promoting healing and reducing scar visibility
  • Patience and Time: Healing is a gradual process, and scars improve over time. It can take up to a year or more for scars to mature and fade to their final appearance

FAQs about Scars after Breast Reduction Surgery

FAQs about Scars after Breast Reduction Surgery

Will the scars from my breast reduction surgery ever completely disappear?

  • While scars from breast reduction surgery will significantly fade over time, they will not completely disappear. The degree to which they fade depends on several factors, including your genetics, age, skin type, and the specific surgical technique used.

What can I do to help my scars heal better after surgery?

  • Post-operative care is crucial for optimal scar healing. This includes following your plastic surgeon’s instructions for wound care, avoiding sun exposure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wearing appropriate support garments, and possibly massaging the area once fully healed.

Can I use over-the-counter scar creams to reduce my scars?

  • Over-the-counter scar creams can help to some extent, but their effectiveness varies. They are usually more effective on newer scars. It’s always best to discuss this with your plastic surgeon before starting any new treatment.

What should I do if my scar becomes red, raised, or itchy?

  • If your scar becomes red, raised, or itchy, it could be a sign of abnormal scar formation, such as hypertrophic scarring or keloids, or a sign of infection. You should contact your plastic surgeon’s team as soon as possible to have it evaluated.

Can I undergo another procedure to remove or improve the appearance of my scars?

  • Yes, there are several procedures that can improve the appearance of scars, including laser therapy, microneedling, and surgical scar revision. These should only be considered once the scar has fully matured, which can take up to a year or more. You ca schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss scar minimisation options.

Latest Research about Scar Management

Recent advancements and studies have contributed significantly to our understanding of scar reduction techniques. Here are a few notable findings:

  1. A study titled “Evidence-Based Scar Management: How to Improve Results with Technique and Technology” discusses various products marketed for scar prevention or improvement and their efficacy based on high-level studies.
  2. The use of silicone gel sheeting for preventing and treating hypertrophic and keloid scars has been explored in a Cochrane review. The review found that silicone gel sheeting produced a significant reduction in scar thickness and colour amelioration.
  3. A 12-week prospective, double-blind, randomized, split-face study investigated the combination treatment with human adipose tissue stem cell-derived exosomes and fractional CO2 laser for acne scars. The study found significant improvement in the treated sides.
  4. A meta-analysis and systematic review compared vertical scar versus inverted-T scar reduction mammaplasty, providing valuable insights into these two techniques.
  5. An article titled “Alternative techniques for reduction of scar length during staged excision” describes alternatives to the conventional staged excision that enable further reduction in final scar length.

These studies underscore the ongoing efforts in the medical community to improve scar reduction techniques and outcomes for patients.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.

 

 

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Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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