Liposuction Breast Reduction Scars
Large breasts is a major problem for many women who have constant shoulder and neck pain due to the weight of the breast. There are 2 basic forms of breast reduction. The first is mammoplasty surgery. The second is liposuction alone.
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 a slap of breast tissue and fat.
WHAT SCARS WOULD I EXPECT FROM MAMMOPLASTY SURGERY?
The Liposuction Breast Reduction Scars of mammoplasty surgery is usually all the way around the nipple areola complex extending vertically down from the nipple to the fold under the breast that is called the inferior mammary fold and across both directions of the fold.
WHAT WOULD I EXPECT FROM LIPOSUCTION BREAST REDUCTION SCARS?
Most cases of Liposuction Breast Reduction Scars through liposuction alone method have 2 or 3 small keyhole nicks approximately 0.5 mm in length. As the scar is so small, there is no suturing of the nicks and in majority of patients the marks will be almost not noticeable.
WHY ARE THERE SUCH LONG SCARS WITH MAMMOPLASTY?
Once the tissue is cut out the area has to be closed. This can only be done with a long cut and suturing.
WHY ARE SCARS OFTEN PROMINENT AFTER BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY?
The Liposuction Breast Reduction Scars from the mammoplasty cutting surgery are prominent for a number of reasons. First of all, it is a long scar. Long scars tend to contract and become more obvious. Secondly, the chest area is one of the worst areas for general scarring. As a dermatologist, Dr. Lanzer treats acne and keloid scars on the chest and this 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 scar can become fairly prominent. Thirdly, because of the weight of the breasts and the movement of the chest, sometimes there is stretching of the scars which makes the scars initially spread and be red and later become white. There is also a genetic tendency towards scarring. Generally speaking, 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 ONE DO TO REDUCE OR PREVENT SCARRING FOLLOWING MAMMOPLASTY BREAST REDUCTION?
The first important principle is for the surgeon to close the area with the least tension. This may involve a number of layers of sutures under the skin so that the surface suturing does not have pressure which will reduce the redness and thickness of the scarring. Secondly, there are a number of creams that can be applied to Liposuction Breast Reduction Scars to reduce the scarring that is seen after breast reduction. Vitamin E has been used for a long time as has silicon gel. 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 LIPOSUCTION OF BREAST REDUCTION?
The scarring is minimal because there are only small nicks which means that there is no tension and also no long scars.
DOES THE PATIENT NEED TO APPLY ANY CREAMS AFTER LIPOSUCTION BREAST REDUCTION TO REDUCE SCARS?
Generally speaking patients do not apply creams following this surgery but there is no harm in doing so.
WHAT ACTUALLY 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 be too much collagen and fibrous tissue and as a result there is a visible lump or redness on the surface.
WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR SCARRING FOLLOWING MAMMOPLASTY SURGERY?
If a scar develops, cortisone injections would be of assistance.
WHAT FORM OF BREAST REDUCTION DOES DR. LANZER MOSTLY PERFORM?
Dr. Lanzer has specialised and helped pioneer breast reduction through liposuction alone method. He has chosen this method due to the breakthrough techniques in liposculpture and prefers this method since it is much simpler and quicker in his hands and has less risks. The issue of scarring is another major reason that Dr. Lanzer prefers breast reduction through liposuction method. Patients want lighter and smaller breasts but definitely want the least amount of scarring that is possible.
View more Liposuction Breast Reduction Scars before and after photos here.
We are NOW online
Get Free Advice Rapidly
Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
All photographs represent one person’s experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.