Will This Scarring /bruise Next to Areaola Go Away? (photo)

I recently had an explantation along with anchor breast lift. It has been almost ten weeks (surgery was May 8th 2013) and i still have a nasty mark around my areola and am wondering if it will ever go away. My doctorcar revision underneath but wondering about this. Do you know why i have this and if it will go away? Thank you for any input

Doctor Answers 4

Will This Scarring /bruise Next to Areaola Go Away?

Dear Yasirah,

thank you for your question and photos.  This will probably eventually go away on its own without treatment.  However, if you would like it to go away faster, a bleaching cream containing hydroquinone or light therapy such as IPL can help.

Best Wishes,

Pablo Prichard, MD

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Will This Scarring /bruise Next to Areaola Go Away?

This could be the residual of a bruise, or hyperpigmentation related to the surgery. A trial of topical 4% hydroquinone would be my first line of recommended treatment, followed by light therapy if needed.It is quite likely to improve even  without treatment. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Will This Scarring /bruise Next to Areaola Go Away?

Appears as hemosiderin staining. Try bleaching creams or IPL therapies to try and improve faster. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

Skin discoloration after breast surgery

Yasirah:  What you have looks like post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (aka PIH), which is discoloration after bruising or inflammation from healing.  A simple way to treat this is using IPL or BBL light therapy.  Pigment blockers before and after treatment should also help.  Make sure you use a strong sunblock afterwards because that skin will want do hyperpigment again for about 2 months. It should also help fade your scars.  No need to wait a year for your final result.

Myles Goldflies, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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