How Can I Minimize Scars from Breast Reduction?
- Asked by jessica ayala
- 5 years ago
I just had breast reduction surgery. The scars seem to be settling, and I want to know what to put on them to minimize their appearance.
Scar sheets work well after breast reduction
Week only recommend that our patients used silicone scar sheets after a breast reduction surgery. These sheets help the scar heal in a flat and smooth fashion. The best scar sheets are typically found not in the pharmacy online. There are several vendors that are particularly effective. If you would like a list of vendors that may help please feel free to contact our office and we will forward the information to you.
The best way to minimize the appearance of scars
For many years I have used paper tape on my patients' scars. I have found that this works the best; better than silicone sheets and other products. I use 1" paper tape that is brown is color, so it does not show through clothing. The tape is put on so that it is a little tight. The patient reapplies it when it is loose. The pressure from the tape helps the scars heal very nicely. Hope this helps.
Tracy M. Pfeifer, MD, MS
Best ways to minimize scars after breast reduction
A good supportive bra is effective because it prevents excessive tension, which can stimulate scar formation. The application of pressure to a scar is also effective. Patients can apply paper tape or use a silicone gel pad if more specific pressure is needed. A scar takes approximately 6 months to a year to reach maturity, so be patient.
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Congratulations on having had the breast reduction procedure; it is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.
Time tends to improve the appearance of scars. You will find that the scars will improve in appearance even after a year has gone by.
Sometimes the use of silicone-based products. In the event of unfavorable scarring steroid injection may be helpful. The use of superficial radiation treatment is possible for symptomatic scars. Sometimes scar revision surgery and careful scar management afterwards may be helpful. Despite anecdotal reports I have not seen significant improvement with laser treatment of scars.
How to minimize or improve breast reduction scars
Like many plastic surgery ops, the quality of the final scar has at least two determinants: a) patient factors; b) doctor factors. Before considering any elective surgical procedure, it's important to consider whether the resultant scar is an acceptable trade-off.
PATIENT FACTORS: Many large breasted women try non-surgical options, such as extra supportive bras, chiropractic and/or physical therapy and/or weight reduction with variable "success". Once they've researched the procedure, interviewed potential surgeons, spoken with women who've had the surgery and consulted with their personal physicians, they should also have an idea of how well their old scars healed.
There are genetic factors, such as keloid scar formation, which would make breast reduction problematic. Budgeting enough time to recover and providing sufficient back-up for physically strenuous tasks is also recommended.
DOCTOR FACTORS: Experience with the technique, gentle tissue handling & aesthetic sense are essential. Equally important is excellent communication so the patient knows how to care for their wounds at each stage of their recovery.
It is amazing how nice the incisions look after several months.
If you just had breast reduction surgery, listen to the recommendations of your plastic surgeon. Most surgeons prefer surgical tape or strips for the first few weeks. You can then progress to silicone sheets. However, they must be worn almost 100% of the time for several weeks to months to make a difference. The best thing for you to do right now is just wait. After your surgeon gives you the okay, I would recommend gentle massage over the incisions to help them soften. Scars/incisions go through a maturation process where they actually get slightly thicker (like a cord under the skin) as the collagen is rebuilding for the first six weeks. Then, over several months the incisions soften up and flatten out. When patients come back six months to a year out from surgery, it is amazing how nice the incisions look. As with all incisions, you should protect them from the sun with either clothing or SPF lotion.
Tincture of time for most people
That is a very common question. The majority of peopl will heal fine without any topicla type treatment( silicone tape or sheeting, or topical salves). So, I always say that tincture of time is often the best medicine. That being said, I like to keep steristrips or paper tape on the incisions for at least 3-4 weeks.
How Can I Minimize Scars from Breast Reduction?
The best way to have a good result is to see a board certified Plastic Surgeon who has good technique and good results. Sometimes scars heal in a way that is unpredictable. However, silicone scar sheeting can be used to help with scar healing as well as massage of the scars after surgery.
Breast reduction scars: cause and management
In my opinion, scars are 50% the surgeon's skills and 50% your response to an injury. Having said this silicone gel strips have some of the best science behind them but patients generally find it difficult to comply with at least 12 hours a day wear. I have found that topical paper tape therapy works best for my patients and is easy to apply with minimal care.
Reducing scars with breast reduction surgery
The simplest solution to minimizing scars with a breast reduction is to undergo the short scar or vertical scar breast reduction. If you have had the inverted T pattern, you may want to begin early scar modulation with silicone strips and pressure management.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.