Extreme itching and redness on scars (Photo)

I had a breast revision 8 weeks ago after initial BL with implants 6 months prior. My implants had bottomed out and right breast had capsular contracture. Anyway, my inside part of horizontal scars itch so bad and is extremely irritated. A couple weeks ago the outside of my breasts itched where the horizontal scars were. It stopped after a few days of using hydrocortisone. I have tried ice, hydro cortisone cream, and Benadryl. It's excruciating. Anything I can do? Why is it itching so badly?

Doctor Answers 2


It may be a slight fungal infection.  You could try clotrimazole cream on the skin in these areas.  This ointment should be over the counter.  

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
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Severely itching scars after breast lift revision

Thank you for asking about your breast lift revision scars.

  • Your scars are itching because they are becoming hypertrophic - that is thick.
  • This is common especially in the inner and outer edges of the long crease incision.
  • First, cover the scars with silicone scar pads or tape. it will often stop them from growing, and this stops the itching.
  • Next, see your surgeon - you may need steroid injections now or later to control these active scars.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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