Scar Treatment After Mastectomy?

I have bright red scars after a mastectomy 2 months ago. They are flat and not painful but wider than I would have liked. Is there a treatment that I can use to minimize the appearance of scars?

I know that there are silicon sheets and various creams, but I don't know what is most effective. What kind of ingredients should I look for? Is laser a good option? If so, what kind of laser? When should that happen for optimal results?

Doctor Answers (3)

Red scars after mastectomy

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The redness in the scars at 2 months is related to the increased blood flow in your healing scars. As time goes on, the redness will fade to a white scar. I would not recommend laser treatments or whitening creams at this point.

You do not mention whether you have had a breast reconstruction. If you have tissue expanders and are setup for a staged breast reconstruction, the mastectomy scars will likely be revised at the time of implant exchange.

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Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Time and sun avoidance are best for scars

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Early on scars may be red. This color within the scar should fade to an extent given time. Silicone sheeting and creams can be applied. GIve things a year to improve before doing anything. Scar revision can be offered for areas that don't improve to your satisfaction at that point.

Best Regards.

Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Scar treatment after mastectomy

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Creams and silicone gel sheeting is helpful for raised, bumpy scars. Sounds like you have a flat, immature, red scar that would probably respond best to laser/light therapies including the pulsed-dye laser (V-beam) and IPL (intense pulsed light). I would start a series of laser/light treatments at 4 week intervals as soon as you are able to do so.

Good luck.

San Diego Dermatologist
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