Is this normal? I am 6 months post-op from breast augmentation surgery. I have noticed my incisions feeling sensitive and they look somewhat irritated. I have winced removed all wires from my bras and started putting a sports bra on as soon as I get home or even at work. I'm worried my scars will always look like this. Is this normal? What can I do to eliminate any permnanet damage? Will a scar cream work like mederma? What can I do to reduce what I see and/or is this normal.
I am 6 months breast augmentation surgery. my incisions feeling sensitive and they look somewhat irritated. (photos)
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Scarring after BA
When recovering from breast augmentation surgery, it is important to consider a scar therapy to diminish the appearance your scars. Most scars will begin to mature after 6 months, however if the scars continue to bother the patient they may require intervention or even a scar revision. All scars can benefit from bioCorneum, which is frequently recommended by plastic surgeons. The silicone blend of bioCorneum helps with hydration and collagen regulation, allowing your skin to heal more quickly. The added SPF 30 helps prevent any sun-induced damage to the scar. Consult your board-certified plastic surgeon regarding a scar therapy that would work best for you. Good luck in your research!
Thank you for your question.
It is important to first consult with your surgeon so he can give you a physical exam, especially if they are feeling sensitive and irritated, it could be sign of a complication but your scars will continue to change as they are healing. It takes about a year for your scars to fully heal, it is important to practice proper skin protection during this period and after, limit sun exposure to the area and always wear a high SPF over the scars when outside. If at a years time you are still unhappy with your scars there are laser treatment options and topical scar creams you can use to help reduce the size and appearance of the scars. I hope this helps.
Good luck in your recovery!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS
I typically recommend Silicone gel or sheeting as well as scar massage and sun protection. It will take at least a year for your scars to mature and fade but if you feel they are becoming more raised and red then you should ask your Plastic Surgeon to assess in person.
All the best
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