How to Minimize Breast Reduction Scars
Published Oct 26, 2020
Each woman has her reason why she wants to undergo a breast reduction procedure. But it is generally prescribed for women who are suffering from health issues due to large heavy breasts.
Just like any surgical procedure, scarring is inevitable in breast reduction surgeries. No matter the expertise of your plastic surgeon, it’s impossible to have surgery without leaving any form of scarring. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to live with a breast reduction scar for the rest of your life.
Thanks to technology, it is now possible to have a breast reduction surgery with minimal scars. And the expertise of your surgeon plays a crucial role in that. That’s why we cannot stress the importance of choosing a trusted and board-certified plastic surgeon.
Why Does Scarring Happen?
Scars are part of our body’s natural instinct to heal itself. In large deep wounds like surgical incisions, the damage usually extends to the inner layer of our skin (the dermis). This prompts the body to produce more collagen fibers to repair the damage.
These collagen fibers will form a new tissue which will differ in appearance from the surrounding tissues, resulting in a scar.
If your body produces too much collagen, you’ll most likely end up with a raised scar (keloid). This type of scar is also common in young people with a darker complexion.
But most of the time, breast reduction scars can appear sunken and pitted. This happens when the fat and tissues supporting the skin are lost as is most usually the case with breast reduction surgeries.
Types of Breast Reduction Scars
The type and size of the breast reduction scar depend on the type of surgical technique used. The two most common type of breast reduction scars are:
As its name suggests, this type of scar is shape like a lollipop. The shorter-scar technique in breast reduction surgeries creates this type of scar.
The surgeon creates an incision around the border of your areolas. Then a vertical incision is made below your areolas running right down to the crease under your breasts. Once the incisions are made, the excess fat, tissues, and skin are then removed before the surgeon closes it back again. The resulting scar has a round top with a vertical line under it, hence the name.
Since the incisions are minimal, the scars are less noticeable. They are also contained in areas of your breast that can easily be hidden with a swimsuit.
This type of technique is usually performed on women who want to go down a single cup size.
The anchor scar is a result of the larger-scar technique. Unlike the shorter-scar technique, this requires three incisions:
- around your areola
- a vertical one running from the bottom of your areola down to your breast crease
- a horizontal or slightly curved one along the lines of your breast crease
The resulting scar, as you can imagine, is shaped like an anchor – hence the name.
Larger-scar techniques are generally reserved for women with sagging or asymmetrical breasts. It’s also more suitable if you want to go several cup sizes down.
But like the lollipop scar, this can easily be hidden even with skimpy clothing.
How to Shrink Breast Reduction Scars
Breast reduction scars are just like any scars. So most of the methods for reducing a scar’s appearance will work on it too. Here are some of them:
Silicon sheets are basically bandages that have silicon in them. Both the sheet and the gel hydrates the skin around your scar making it more flexible. This reduces the appearance of tightness around the scar. Over time, it will blend with the skin and become less noticeable.
A 2019 study on post-cesarean scars revealed that corticosteroid cream can significantly reduce raised scars. Another clinical trial in Turkey suggests that corticosteroid cream works better than silicon gel in reducing scars.
This is probably because steroids like corticosteroids break the bonds between collagen fibers. This reduces the amount of scar tissue under the skin which, in turn, reduces the size of the scar.
Gentle soothing massages on a healed wound helps break the collagen build-up underneath it. The pushing and pulling motions also help relax the tissues around your wound. All these help reduce the appearance of scars and may even prevent the formation of keloids.
You’ve probably heard of botox and fillers but you probably never heard of them being used to reduce scars. But botox and collagen fillers work great with sunken and pitted scars by filling the skin underneath it. This results in smoother skin with less noticeable scars.
Laser therapy is usually reserved for large and severe scars. It works in two ways. First, it removes the outer layer of the damaged skin to smooth out the scar’s appearance. Then it targets blood vessels in the scar tissue to reduce its redness.
Cryotherapy is more suited for small keloid scars. It works by inserting a needle into the scar tissue to deliver nitrogen vapor to its core. This freezes the scar inside out making it softer and more flexible.
As mentioned earlier, surgical procedures always leave some form of scarring. That’s why if you want to avoid those unsightly marks while still getting the breast size you want, a non-invasive procedure is your best bet.
The most popular form of non-invasive breast reduction is through laser liposuction. Like regular liposuction, it sucks out the excess fat from a specific area without affecting the rest of your body. But unlike regular lipo, it uses laser light rather than needles.
The laser melts the fat which are then sucked out f the body through a thin tube called cannulas. There will still be incisions but it’s only about 3mm in size. The scar from an incision that size won’t be noticeable at all. Especially when compared to the scars left behind by invasive breast reduction procedures.
About The Author
As a self described fanatic of beauty and fashion, Judy Ponio loves to write blogs about style and beauty lifehacks. Her blogs are full of useful knowledge surrounding trends in the fashion and beauty world.