Scarring is, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of most invasive surgeries like a breast reduction procedure. However, the degree of scarring can vary. The most significant impact on the level of scarring comes down to the skills of your surgeon. Good surgeons will be able to minimise scarring by making incisions in the natural folds of the breasts or in more discreet areas, to lessen the visibility of the scars.
While scars will fade over time, it is unlikely they will disappear completely. There are, however, some things you can do to minimise the visibility of scars from a breast reduction.
Adhere to Post-Surgery Instructions
The first thing to do is follow all of your surgeon’s recommendations post-surgery. You should be provided with aftercare instructions which apply to the first several days to weeks after your surgery to help facilitate an optimal healing process.
To heal properly, your body needs healthy fuel in the form of sufficient calories from lean proteins and carbohydrates, along with a range of vitamins and minerals. It is important to stay away from alcohol and cigarettes during this time, which can stunt the healing process.
The Best Ways to Minimise Scarring
- Protect The Healing Area
Stress on your breast tissue after a reduction, especially on the edges of the incision will increase the risk of a discoloured scar. To avoid this, try your best to minimise breast movement post procedure. This is most crucial in the first days after surgery
- Use a compression bra or bandage
The avoidance of lifting anything over your head. You should also avoid push or pull motions as anything that engages your chest muscles will put stress on the wound
Considering a breast reduction but worried about scarring? Dr. Yunaev at the Breast and Body Clinic is an expert at minimising the scars from breast reduction incisions.
- Keep The Area Clean
It is vital that you keep your scars and wounds clean, however, you should avoid using hot water to do this. Showering is fine, but hot water, steam, and saunas can cause a swelling of the skin which can create undue stress on the wound.
- Protection From Sunlight
Healing wounds and scar tissue are very sensitive when it comes to sunlight. Direct exposure can darken scar tissue while slowing the healing process. Sunscreen can help however it is best to avoid exposure altogether.
- Other Options
Scar massage can be started about two weeks after surgery; however, it is vital to check with your cosmetic surgeon first. If performed too early, a scar massage can disturb the wound. After the clearance period, a scar massage involves a gentle press on the scar in a circular pattern three times a day for ten minutes. This makes the skin more pliable and supple and can be quite soothing.
Silicone sheets or gels can promote wound healing by keeping the wound bed hydrated and medical tape can minimise a breast reduction scar. It is important to discuss these options with your surgeon before implementing them to ensure they will be of benefit and not hinder the healing process.
Aftercare and Support from The Breast and Body Clinic Team
Along with an expert procedure performed by Dr. Yunaev that includes the correct placing of incisions resulting in as discreet scarring as possible, your surgery aftercare will be managed by the expert team at the Breast and Body Clinic.
Our skilled and knowledgeable team will provide you with all of the necessary steps to ensure the fastest, most optimal recovery; and we are on-hand to answer any questions you may have during this time.
The recovery period is just as important as the procedure itself. The goal of a breast reduction is to provide comfort and confidence in your appearance, and by following the aftercare instructions provided to you, you’ll be ensuring a more positive result, and a new look that you will be very proud of.