Breast Reduction Surgery Scars

Breast Reduction Surgery Scars

Breast reduction is when all or part of the breast is removed. There are two types of scar techniques, the long-scar technique which looks like a T, and the short-scar technique which has been proven to be not as effective as the long-scar technique but will bring the breast a cup-size down. The long-scar technique has an increased risk of scarring and being more noticeable because more incisions are made due to necessity. Sometimes sagging or the breasts not being the same size is the reason for the long-scar technique to be used and can create more scarring.

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Breast Reduction Surgery ScarsHow To Reduce Breast Reduction Surgery Scars Visibility?

Scars are raised bumps on the skin caused by scar tissue. Scar tissue is fibrous tissue which has stitched the tissues and skin back together and therefore is an off-color from the rest of the pigmentation of the skin. To start, it is usually dark red or pink, and then it fades in color, in some instances looking like a thin white line. If a person with darker skin has a breast reduction scar, it is most likely their scars will be more noticeable. Depending on the technique used during the breast reduction, scars can be hidden in the creases of the breast and torso, or by clothing.

There are scar removal procedures offered by doctors after patients have had breast reductions, and although it has been proven to be effective only a little, vitamin E can help reduce the visibility of scars because it helps strengthen the elasticity of the skin. There are factors which can make breast reduction scars worsen and become more visible, such as tanning and smoking, and patients who have had breast reduction surgeries should avoid these things so as not to irritate the scar tissue and make the scars more visible. Remembering to wear sunscreen on exposed skin, especially the areas where breast reduction techniques have been performed, is a great way to reduce the visibility of scars as well.

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