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What breast reduction scars can I expect?

When undergoing breast reduction surgery, patients should expect some small amount of scarring.

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What breast reduction scars can I expect?

When undergoing breast reduction surgery, patients should expect some small amount of scarring. There are different methods of breast reduction, so the scars created will depend upon which technique is carried out, as well as the size of the breasts being operated on. The level of scarring also depends on the patient.

What are the most common breast reduction scars?

There are different techniques for breast reduction and the most common breast reduction scars created will depend on the technique employed, as well as the patient in question and the size of the breasts being reduced.

Most commonly you should expect some scarring around the nipple, across the bottom of the breast fold, and a vertical scar linking the nipple scar to the breast fold scar giving rise to the so-called ‘inverted T’ or anchor pattern. Some surgeons prefer to perform the operation omitting the breast fold scar giving rise to the ‘vertical scar’ reduction. Not everybody is necessarily eligible for this and it tends to be used for not such large breasts.

If a breast reduction is performed using liposuction techniques only, there will only be minor scars under the arms, where they cannot be seen. This technique is often referred to as ‘scarless breast reduction’.

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Do breast reduction scars go away?

Breast reduction scars will never completely go away, but with an expert surgeon and the right after-care, scarring can be minimal.

It is very important that a patient follows after-care advice in order to minimise scarring. Smoking, tanning, excessive scrubbing and scratching the area should be avoided as these can make scarring worse.


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How long do scars last from breast reduction?

Scarring from surgical incision looks like a thin, raised line on top of the skin. As it heals, it will darken and flatten. It may take several months to a year for scars to fade.

People with darker skin are at a greater risk of hyperpigmentation, or thicker raised scars.

How do you reduce scar tissue after breast reduction?

After undergoing breast reduction surgery, patients must wear a compression garment day and night for three weeks or sometimes as long as six to eight weeks. This is important as it helps to protect the wounds and aid the healing process.

Some clinics recommend gentle scar massage techniques to help reduce scar tissue post-surgery.

The Cadogan Clinic provides each and every one of its patients with access to one of London’s most advanced scar minimisation programmes, led by our scar prevention team here at the clinic. Our nurses have decades of experience and will provide you with the tools and techniques to support your healing process as effectively as possible

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How do you reduce scar tissue after breast reduction?

Short scar breast reduction surgery, as the name suggests, is a technique which consists of smaller incisions. Because these incisions are smaller, scarring is contained to a small area, usually on the lower half of the breasts. These scars are hidden under clothing.

This method is usually used for women who are experiencing sagging and want a small to moderate reduction in their breast size. Short scar techniques are not as effective for the reduction of larger breasts.


Treatments mentioned in this article

A breast reduction, or mammoplasty, is designed to reduce the volume of the breast in order to leave the breast smaller and, in some cases, also more shapely.

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