Removal of Breast Augmentation Scars Using Laser?

Is laser removal of a scar from breast augmentation performed a year ago possible? The scar was supposed to be placed in the breast fold, but the incision 'dropped' (on the right breast) and is now approximately half an inch below the fold, and thus quite visible. However, I wonder whether the heat developed by laser is dangerous for the implant itself?

Doctor Answers 5

Low breast implant incision scar may need surgical revision

Lasers are safe to use on the scars after breat augmentation, as the laser energy does not go deep enough to reach the implant.

The best laser for improving scars is the new fractional non ablative laser resurfacing laser called the Lux1540.

The laser can make a scar less red, less lumpy, smaller and less noticeable, but cannot remove the scar completely.

Since the scar that concerns you is actually below the breast, probably the only way to make it less noticeable is to revise the breast implant. Sometimes, if the implant has "bottomed out", the capsule around the implant can be tightened or "cinched up," which can also pull the skin scar up into the inframammary fold, where it is supposed to be.

Breast scar management

Thank you for your question. Breast incisions can be managed using a multimodal approach:
1) Scar massage - starting as soon as the surgical dressings come off and the incisions are sealed
2) Silicone sheets or scar gels for about six months to year
3) Embrace - a tension reducing dressing for the first 2 months
4) Fractionated lasers to help blend the scar into the background - done as a series, starting about 4 weeks after surgery and repeated every four weeks for six months.
5) Sunscreen to prevent the scars from darkening

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Removal of breast augmentation scars using laser?

Hello! Thank you for the question!  Scars will never disappear. However, an attempt is made to conceal and leave the finest scar possible. It is common for scars to fully mature for up to a year. In the meantime, there are a few things that may help to ameliorate your incision/scar. The most proven (as well as cheapest) modality is simple scar massage. Applying pressure and massaging the well-healed scar has been shown to improve the appearance as it breaks up the scar tissue, hopefully producing the finest scar as possible. Other things that have been shown to add some benefit, albeit controversial, are silicone sheets, hydration, and topical steroids. In addition, avoidance of direct sunlight to the incision will significantly help the appearance as they tend to discolor with UV light during the healing process.

If unsightly scars are still present after approximately a year's time, other things that your surgeon may consider are intralesional steroid injections, laser, or just surgical revision of the scar itself.

Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Lasers won't remove scars, but improve the appearance


Scars are always going to be there unless time or some other procedure alters your implant or breast fold location.

Lasers are not capable of removing a scar. We use lasers to improve the appearance of a scar, not remove them. Lasers are probably most effective at removing the pink color from a recent or old scar. Lasers can sometimes smooth surface irregularities of a scar. Lasers may be able to improve excessive brown pigment from a scar.

Laser energy would not damage a breast implant in a normal situation.

Sutton Graham II, MD
Greenville Plastic Surgeon
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Laser possibilities


There is too much missing information to wholly answer the question that you pose. Certain lasers can indeed be used to improve the appearance of certain scars. Your scar will NEVER be completely removed. See your plastic surgeon or dermatologist for recommendations as to what will give you the most benefit. Good luck!

Kenneth R. Francis, MD, FACS
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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