I had br on 3/26/13. I had drain on each side for one day..i am hating how they look..and the left side has a rather large skin flap..will i need a revision..or will this go away..i dislike all the wrinkled look..ugh. Am i being impatient? It only been seven weeks...also i am 51..does that make a difference...? I also feel like they are still so heavy..you can see from the picture that i still have to lift them up to see underneath...
Weird Looking Drain Hole Scar After Breast Reduction? (photo)
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Concerns about Incision Line Appearance after Breast Reduction Surgery?
Thank you for the question and pictures. You may be pleasantly surprised, that in the long term, irregularities and “pleating” along the incision lines will smoothen out nicely. Best to evaluate the outcome of the procedure 6 months to one year postoperatively.
Short Scar Technique
The excess skin you are seeing is a result of using the short scar technique on larger breasts. The excess skin typically improves with time. A small in office revision is sometimes necessary. Overall, the benefit is that you will have better shaped breasts with less scar. Discuss this matter further with your surgeon.
This is the typical early appearance of a vertical breast reduction scar
Because all of the loose skin is essentially addressed only through the vertical direction with this technique, there is often the need to bunch or gather residual redundancy of the skin under the breast. While your surgeon may have used this portion of the wound for drain exit, what you are really seeing is just the way that the closure often looks. Usually this smooths out over time, but this may take a few months. If it does not resolve satisfactorily, then a revision may be needed or desired, but this typically is done under local anesthesia.
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Question about breast reduction revision surgery
It appears that you had a key hole type breast reduction. You are very early in the post operative recovery period. You need to give it more time before you consider a revision. If at 6 months post op you are dissatisfied then you may be a candidate for a revision. Your plastic surgeon is in the best position to know how your reduction was performed and if a revision would give you some degree of improvement.
Weird looking scar after breast reduction
Breast reduction scarring
The full healing time is one year and, yes, the scars can go on to heal nicely in the next six months---or you may need revision. There is nothing you can do to rush this process, so please be patient. In terms of the breast size, although you haven't posted a frontal view, they do seem large. However, you haven't indicated the starting point and that is quite important.
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