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Fraxel Laser for Breast Augmentation Scars?

I had breast augmentation surgery 18 months ago (submuscular), and am not happy with the scars. They were supposed to be in breast fold, but one is now half inch below fold, thus quite visible.

I spoke to a dermatologist, who is willing to use Fraxel Laser to reduce it. Actually, I would prefer to treat both scars since the other one is also visible (although less, being in the fold).

Could laser heat damage the implants, in particular if I treat the other scar, in the fold, too? And generally, do you believe the procedure would make sense?

Doctor Answers (3)

Vbeam laser may be a better option


The depth of effectiveness of the Fraxel laser can not penetrate to the plane in which the implant is located. The scars will remain, not disappear, after all the Fraxel treatments are done. There is a chance that there will be considerable improvement in the scars, both in texture and appearance, but this can not be guaranteed. Some scars continue to improve for many months after the last laser treatment. Further sessions may be desired in the future to continue improvement. Your scars are relatively mature that it is worth an attempt to improve them if they bother you. The improvement may be very minimal or substantial. If there has been widening of the scars, this will not change. If the scars are raised and red, then V-beam laser treatment may be a preferred first therapy to consider. This laser might help reduce the red color and flatten the raised texture.

Manhattan Dermatologist
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Fraxel laser for scars on breasts


Hey Amy-- At our practice, we are using the Fraxel repair and restore with very nice results. There is no risk of damaging the implants. I will often combine the Fraxel with the Vbeam perfecta if there is redness or purple discoloration of the scar. I will add some photos to my RealSelf profile so that you can see some results. Take care. Dr. Groff

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
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Fraxel Laser for Breast Augmentation Scars


Hi Amy,

Surgical scars respond well to both Fraxel restore and repair laser treatments. It does take a series of treatments. The heat from the laser does not travel deep enough to damage the implants. If the skin is injected with local anesthesia, make sure that your physician keeps the injection needle superficial.

The breast scars that we have treated have improved nicely.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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