Breast Reduction Scars
Breast Reduction Scars
Large breasts are major problems for women, since enlarged breasts may cause additional problems such as shoulder and neck pain. There are two basic forms of breast reduction. The first is mammoplasty surgery. The second is breast reduction with liposuction.
During a mammoplasty surgery, there may be an associated liposuction, particularly around the edges and under the arms. However, the major part of the reduction through mammoplasty is cutting out breast tissue and fat.
Breast reduction with liposuction is quite different, since the surgeon only needs to make some small nicks to gain access to the treatment area. Then, fat is removed from the breasts to create a small cup size.
What Scars Should I Expect from Mammoplasty Surgery?
Scars from mammoplasty surgery are usually all the way around the nipple areola complex, extending vertically down from the nipple to the fold under the breast; this fold is often referred to as the inferior mammary fold. The scar then continues across both directions of the fold.
What Breast Reduction Scars Should I Expect from Breast Reduction with Liposuction?
Most patients who had breast reduction with liposuction will experience two or three small keyhole nicks, approximately 0.5 mm in length. As the scar is so small, there is no suturing of the nicks. For most patients, the marks will be almost unnoticeable.
Why Are There Such Long Scars with Mammoplasty?
Once the tissue is cut out, the area must be closed; this can only be done with a long cut and suturing. Because of the nature of the surgical method, which is needed to remove breast tissue from the body, the scars of a mammoplasty are somewhat longer so the surgeon can gain access to the treatment area.
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Why Are Scars Often Prominent After Breast Reduction Surgery?
Scars from the mammoplasty cutting surgery are prominent for several reasons. Firstly, it is a long scar. Long breast reduction scars tend to contract and become more obvious. Secondly, the chest area is one of the worst areas for general scarring.
As a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr Lanzer treats acne and keloid scars on the chest. The chest area is notorious for thickened red scars called keloids. Breast reduction is no exception, and as there is a long scar often under tension, the breast reduction scars can become prominent.
Finally, because of the weight of the breasts and the movement of the chest, there could stretching of the breast reduction scars; this makes the scars initially spread and turn red. Later, the breast reduction scars become white.
There is also a genetic tendency towards scarring. Patients with olive or Asian skin tend to heal worse and have more of a risk of a keloid scar as opposed to a fair Caucasian patient. Sometimes scarring occurs for no good reason.
What Can Be Done to Reduce or Prevent Scarring After Mammoplasty Breast Reduction?
The first important principle is for the surgeon to close the area with the least tension. This may involve several layers of sutures under the skin, so that the surface suturing does not have pressure; this will reduce the redness and thickness of the scarring.
Secondly, there are many creams that can be applied to breast reduction scars after a procedure; this to reduce the scarring that is seen after breast reduction. Vitamin E has been used for a long time, but silicone gel is another popular option. The more recent cream that is helpful is silicone cream or silicone gel sheets. These are often left on the skin for many weeks.
Why Is the Scarring So Minimal with Breast Reduction via Liposuction?
The scarring is minimal, because there are only small nicks; this means that there is no tension and no long scars. The length of the scars is closely related to the surgical techniques used during a procedure. Since breast reduction with liposuction does not require large incisions to execute, the scars remain minimal.
Does the Patient Need to Apply Any Creams After Breast Reduction with Liposuction to Reduce Scars?
Patients are not obligated to apply creams following breast reduction surgery, but there is no harm in doing so. There are some products that should be avoided though, so it is always recommended to speak to the Dr Lanzer Clinic about the creams you wish to apply to the treatment area.
What Is Scar Tissue?
Scar tissue is the body producing its own collagen and fibrous tissue as a way of healing and sealing the skin. The issue is that the healing can involve too much collagen and fibrous tissue. Subsequently, a visible lump or redness on the skin surface develops.
What Can Be Done About Scarring After Mammoplasty Surgery?
If a scar develops, cortisone injections could be of assistance. For more information about this treatment option, please consult with the Dr Lanzer medical team.
What Type of Breast Reduction Does Dr Lanzer Perform Most Often?
Dr Lanzer has specialised and helped pioneer breast reduction through liposuction. He has chosen this method due to the breakthrough techniques in liposculpture. Dr Lanzer prefers this method, since it is much simpler and quicker. The surgery usually involves less risks too.
The issue of scarring is another major reason for Dr Lanzer preferring breast reduction through liposuction. Patients want lighter and smaller breasts, but want the least amount of scarring that is possible.
Would you like to see some examples of breast reduction via liposuction? Be sure to look at the before and after photographs obtained from patients of the Dr Lanzer Clinic.