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Doctor insights on: Scar Revision After Breast Reduction

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Can laser scar removal remove scars from a surgery such as breast reduction surgery?

Can laser scar removal remove scars from a surgery such as breast reduction surgery?

It helps: Depending in the skin type and color, laser can be very helpful in reducing the color and thickness of the scar. ...Read more

Dr. Tom Pousti
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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing ...Read more


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Can you tell me how noticeable are scars from a breast reduction?

Can you tell me how noticeable are scars from a breast reduction?

Depends.: Most patients tend to scar well; scars tend to fade over the course of time. However, these scars will always be visible; patients should have realastic expectations. Sometimes, scars benefit from additional treatment and/or revisionary surgery to improve their appearance. Overall, despite scarring, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. ...Read more

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How noticeable are scars after a breast reduction?

How noticeable are scars after a breast reduction?

Different techniques: There are many different techniques which are popularly known as the crescent, donut, lollipop and anchor in order of increasing scarring. The appearance of the scars is the result of the technique used, the surgeon's skills and the individual's response to the injury and natural healing tendencies. Each of these 3 factors can play a major role in the result and noticeability of the scars. See fig. ...Read more

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How to tell if my breast reduction scar is infected?

How to tell if my breast reduction scar is infected?

Drainage, redness: Look for increasing or expanding redness, any suture line drainage, or increased pain. Infections usually happen 7-21 days after surgery. Some redness along the incisions is normal as healing takes place. If you have any questions about your wound you should see the surgeon who is taking care of you. ...Read more

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What can I do so I can wear a bra...Tryed creams and putting pads on scars so bra does not rub. It has been a year sence breast reduction.?

What can I do so I can wear a bra...Tryed creams and putting pads on scars so bra does not rub. It has been a year sence breast reduction.?

Multiple options: There are many different scar creams out there with varying degrees of science behind them and clinical information. In my office, we offer skinmedica's scar recovery which has shown good early results. ...Read more

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Where are the scars located after a breast reduction? How much scarring is there from a breast reduction, and where are the scars usually located? .

Where are the scars located after a breast reduction? How much scarring is there from a breast reduction, and where are the scars usually located? .

Scars: In my practice the short scar vertical reduction is a lollipop scar around the areola and straight down and usually heals very well w a faint straight line scar. ...Read more

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I had breast reduction 3 months ago. Have scar tissue 12:00, 6:00 @ crease of one breast. How can I get rid of them?

I had breast reduction 3 months ago. Have scar tissue 12:00, 6:00 @ crease of one breast. How can I get rid of them?

Ask Surgeon.: Best to run your questions and concerns by your plastic surgeon. After physical examination, it is likely that he/she will have recommendations for you. Such recommendations may include the use of silicone-based products and/or injection of steroids directly into the scars. Scars tend to improve/mature over the course of the first year after surgery; scar revision surgery may be helpful also. ...Read more

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I've had a breast reduction and my boobs are still growing, sometimes it hurts right where my scars are. Is that normal?

I've had a breast reduction and my boobs are still growing, sometimes it hurts right where my scars are. Is that normal?

Breasts reduction: Breasts can enlarge after reduction in certain cases. Sometimes people have to get a repeat reduction if significant. Pain at incisions is common after surgery. Swelling after surgery is also common and may be what you are experiencing. Make sure to follow up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm 2weeks post breast reduction (vertical scar)my support bra doesn't seem to be very supportive should I firmly apply bandage for extra support?

I'm 2weeks post breast reduction (vertical scar)my support bra doesn't seem to be very supportive should I firmly apply bandage for extra support?

Call now. :): Now would be a good time to ask your surgeon what to do. I appreciate it when my patients call me. It shows that we are on the same team, and it gives me a chance to help them. There are no stupid questions, only the ones we shoudl have asked. ...Read more

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I was planning to get breast reduction but got scared off by a Dr who said that the scars where horribly traumatizing & in an anchor shape, is it true?

I was planning to get breast reduction but got scared off by a Dr who said that the scars where horribly traumatizing & in an anchor shape, is it true?

First you decide: At 24, do you need it? . If doctors scared you look for a second surgeon (and opinion). Any surgical procedure scar is an issue, some heal gently barely visible scar, other may form larger scar tissue (keloids) Next step is your decision. ...Read more

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I had a breast reduction around a month ago, is it normal to have a blood blister looking thing on your scar?

I had a breast reduction around a month ago, is it normal to have a blood blister looking thing on your scar?

Breast Wound Healing: After a breast reduction there can be many things that can affect the healing. Sometimes small pockets of blood accumulate and if they are just undr the scar this will make the wound or scar appear if there is a bloob blister. Usually this will break, the fluid will come out and it will heal in just fine. It is certainly nothing to worry about but if you are concerned call your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does internal scarring lasts after a breast reduction surgery?

How long does internal scarring lasts after a breast reduction surgery?

Scarring: That depends. Everyone heals differently and some people may be prone to keloid scarring, which may not resolve over time. ...Read more

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How long is the process to get a breast reduction?

How long is the process to get a breast reduction?

Depends: If you are asking how long is process to get a breast reduction covered by insurance than you need to start by first contacting ins to see if this is a covered procedure. You need to have documented reasons for the reduction. This documentation helps to come from you primary care doc. It is also helpful to get as close to your ideal weight through diet and exercise before having surgery. ...Read more

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Do breast lifts also include some breast reduction?

Do breast lifts also include some breast reduction?

Depends: Breast lifts can include reduction given the goal. At minimum, skin is removed but this typically has little weight. The breast will be lifted and more compact which may result in a smaller bra cup size. ...Read more

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What's the difference between breast reduction or lift?

What's the difference between breast reduction or lift?

Very similar: Breast lift and breast reduction both involve reduction of the breast skin and underlying tissue to raise the breasts and create a more satisfactory shape, size and appearance. The scars are similar; around the areola, vertically down and possibly along the breast fold. The differences depend on how much tissue is removed and how much the breast size is reduced as with a reduction. ...Read more

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How do I get a breast reduction covered on my insurance?

How do I get a breast reduction covered on my insurance?

Persistence...: The best way to obtain insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery involves some “hoops” to jump through. The more documentation you have (for example, from your primary care doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor etc.) the better when it comes to obtaining insurance “authorization” for the procedure.
 Your plastic surgeon will help you through the process. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Breast reduction before or after having children is better?

Breast reduction before or after having children is better?

Generally after you: Are finished having children. I have had to re-do two breast reductions in patients who had children after their first reductions and whose breasts became very large again with pregnancy and nursing. On the other hand, I have done reductions in 15 yr-old girls with enormous breasts and severe neck and back pain because of them. ...Read more

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What cup size should I expect to get after breast reduction?

Depends...: Size after breast reduction surgery will depend on many variables. It will be important for you to communicate your goals with your plastic surgeon. I would suggest that you do not use cup sizes as a reference, because this form of communication can lead to confusion/misunderstanding. Goal pictures may be helpful. Most patients wish to and improve the proportionality of the upper /lower body... ...Read more

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How old do you have to be in order to get a breast reduction?

How old do you have to be in order to get a breast reduction?

Depends…: There is no specific age required to undergo breast reduction surgery. However, if you are under the age of 18, you will need parenteral or legal guardian consent. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will I still be able to nurse if I have had a breast reduction?

Will I still be able to nurse if I have had a breast reduction?

Maybe: Some reduction procedures leave more glandular tissue intact behind the nipple than others, so it will depend on the type of surgery and the individual. The possibility of successful breast feeding is definitely decreased by a reduction. ...Read more

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Questions about breast reduction? What happens if I gain weight later?

Questions about breast reduction? What happens if I gain weight later?

They get bigger: After a breast reduction your breasts will still get larger and smaller based on overall weight. ...Read more

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Will I regret getting a breast reduction? What do I have to decide beforehand?

Will I regret getting a breast reduction? What do I have to decide beforehand?

Need Consultation: Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. Of course, every patient's case should be individualized; benefit versus risk ratios should be considered. Educate yourself about the potential risks/complications associated with the procedure. Choose your plastic surgeon carefully; ask to see lots of examples of his/her work. Best. ...Read more

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How can I get breast reduction and what will I have to bring and be prepared for?

How can I get breast reduction and what will I have to bring and be prepared for?

Plastic surgeons: Seek an experienced plastic or specific breast surgeon.
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There are several physical as well as emotional with change in body.
Set your expectations.
Clarify indications and any insurance coverage. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the process to get a breast reduction if in the military?

Seek Consultation.: Unfortunately, there will be no way for online consultants to provide you with a precise answer. Best to seek consultation with plastic surgeons in your area; ask to see lots of examples of their work. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does breast reduction surgery hurt much?

Does breast reduction surgery hurt much?

No: Most women seeking breast reduction surgery are in significant neck, shoulder and upper back pain already. After surgery, they usually experience an immediate sense of relief, not a large amount of surgical pain. ...Read more

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How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

Moderately.: Generally, most patients do very well after breast reduction surgery. This operation tends to be less painful than other operations such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck surgery. Most patients require pain medication for approximately one week after the procedure. Generally speaking, breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Barry Press
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Scar Revision (Definition)

Various techniques including surgical revision, steroid injection, and abrasion, meant to improve the appearance and/or ...Read more