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Doctor insights on: Scar Tissue After Breast Reduction Surgery

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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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

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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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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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Does male breast reduction just involve liposuction of the breasts, or is there actual breast tissue that needs to be cut out? I'm considering getting male breast reduction surgery, but I'm not sure what it involves, and I'm kind of embarrassed to ask..

Does male breast reduction just involve liposuction of the breasts, or is there actual breast tissue that needs to be cut out? I'm considering getting male breast reduction surgery, but I'm not sure what it involves, and I'm kind of embarrassed to ask..

Both: It all depends on your physical exam. If you have fatty large breast and little skin excess, you may be a good candidate for liposuction alone. But if you have large glandular breasts and extra skin, some of that may need to be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Will the surgeon remove armpit fat/excess breast tissue during breast reduction surgery?

Will the surgeon remove armpit fat/excess breast tissue during breast reduction surgery?

YES: That would be a part of the procedure, but make sure you discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long willnumbness last after breast reduction surgery?

How long willnumbness last after breast reduction surgery?

Months: Numbness post surgery is very common. Depending on the amount of tissue removed during your breast reduction, numbness may last up to 6 months. Some areas of numbness will never recover normal sensation. Approximately 15% of women post reduction mammoplasty have decreased nipple sensitivity that will remain permanent. Discuss with your breast surgeon. ...Read more

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Can I ask for pain medications after breast reduction surgery?

Can I ask for pain medications after breast reduction surgery?

Absolutely: Your plastic surgeon should provide you with a prescription for pain medication to be taken after your surgery. Usually, however, the pain is not great and can be managed with tylenol (acetaminophen) within a couple days after the surgery. ...Read more

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After breast reduction surgery, how would firm up my breasts?

After breast reduction surgery, how would firm up my breasts?

No easy answer: Not sure what you mean by "firm up". Breast reduction is usually a very satisfying surgery for women that have long been bothered by disproportionately large, heavy and hanging breasts. It can be difficult to maintain fullness in the upper breast. Occasionally breast implants are indicated either at the same time or later.
Restoring some of the lost volume may help. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on how to regain sensation in the breasts after breast reduction surgery?

Any suggestions on how to regain sensation in the breasts after breast reduction surgery?

Time: Unfortunately, there's not much to do other than wait. Nerve healing is slow, and it may take 12 - 18 months for them to fully heal. Fortunately, most people do get their sensation back after this operation. ...Read more

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After breast reduction surgery is it normal to have no feeling in some parts?

After breast reduction surgery is it normal to have no feeling in some parts?

Yes: Yes, although breast reduction surgery tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform, some degree of partial or even total numbness may occur. Fortunately, the loss of sensation experienced is usually small in surface areas and/or are transient. Best to learn about all potential risks/complications associated with breast reduction surgery prior to proceeding. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time after breast reduction surgery?

How long is recovery time after breast reduction surgery?

It depends on activi: Most people can be up and about the day after the surgery. Off pain meds in a week and able to play tennis in 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the normal total healing time after breast reduction surgery?

What is the normal total healing time after breast reduction surgery?

Depends.: A precise answer to your question will depend on what you mean by “healing time”. For example, swelling dissipates within a few months and scars improve/mature during the first year. The breasts will change in size/shape also during that first year. Most patients are able to return to exercise/full activity within 4 to 6 weeks. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Suggestions for open wound care after Breast reduction surgery?

Suggestions for open wound care after Breast reduction surgery?

Yes first find out: How your surgeon wants to treat. Of course most of these wounds will heal with time as most of them are superficial. First control if you have metabolic problems like diabetes etc, keep the wound clean by irrigating with saline, clean dressing, wear braw not let wound separate, Eat good balanced diet and will heal ...Read more

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How long should you wait to conceive after breast reduction surgery?

How long should you wait to conceive after breast reduction surgery?

Wait for breast redu: If you have not had the breast reduction and are currently considering pregnancy, my advice would be to defer the surgery until completion of child bearing which may have unpredictable effects on your breast. If you are having the breast reduction irregardless. I would wait a minimum of 9 months but I have to admit that is arbitrary and just my personal experience/advice. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to conceive after breast reduction surgery?

How long should you wait to conceive after breast reduction surgery?

Soon...: Assuming that all the medications used around the time of surgery have been cleared, there is no specific time period to wait. Keep in mind, that the breasts may change during and after pregnancy; generally, if at all possible best to wait on having breast surgery until you have completed pregnancies. ...Read more

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Can I take phentermine two days after breast reduction surgery?

Can I take phentermine two days after breast reduction surgery?

Ask Doctors.: Best to check with your physicians to determine whether this medication is safe to take at all. If so, your plastic surgeon will guide you as to when to resume. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How soon after breast reduction surgery can you begin taking phentermine on average?

How soon after breast reduction surgery can you begin taking phentermine on average?

Two to four weeks: I would recommend that you give yourself time to heal before resuming this medication. It is best to avoid mixing this with pain medication that one might be taking after surgery. ...Read more

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What should I do after breast reduction surgery?

What should I do after breast reduction surgery?

Ask you Surgeon: Every surgeon has his/her own way of advising their patients. I suggest you contact your surgeon. Generally speaking, most patient should refrain from vigorous activity for 4-6 weeks following surgery and wear a support bra. ...Read more

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How is the recovery like after breast reduction surgery.?

How is the recovery like after breast reduction surgery.?

Varies w/ techniques: The recover depends on the techniques used and volumes reduced. For example liposuction recovery is less involved than a wise pattern inferior based pedicle technique. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal after breast reduction surgery?

How long does it take to heal after breast reduction surgery?

Ranges: Most people return to normal activity in 2 weeks, but actual healing (swelling, scarring, return of sensation) takes up to 6 months. ...Read more

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How long will numbness last after breast reduction surgery?

How long will numbness last after breast reduction surgery?

Variably: Numbness is normal over the breast after surgery and gradually improves over time, typically months. Nipple numbness is rare afterwards but can be permanent. ...Read more

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Can you get hard spots in your breasts after breast reduction surgery?

Can you get hard spots in your breasts after breast reduction surgery?

Yes: On occasion firm area of the breast can develop following breast reduction as a result of poor blood supply to the fatty tissue of the breast. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the swelling to go down after breast reduction surgery?

How long does it take for the swelling to go down after breast reduction surgery?

Variable - Days: Depends on type of reduction, placement of incisions, size/volume of reduction needed, individual wound healing and general health. Usual swelling and bruising about 1 week, with mild-moderate swelling for another 1-2 weeks. Swelling reduced with use of thrombin activated platelet concentrates during surgery. Follow specific instructions of your surgeon to reduce swelling, bruising and healing. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the total healing time after breast reduction surgery?

I'm curious as to how long is the total healing time after breast reduction surgery?

It is staged: Many people spend one night in the hospital after surgery. They usually feel pretty good in a couple of days. Drains if your doctor uses them come out in 5to7 days. Many people are back to work in a week or two. Full physical activity is usually in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Phentermine affects wound healing after breast reduction surgery, help?

Phentermine affects wound healing after breast reduction surgery, help?

Stop diet pills: During your recovery from surgery, and eat a high protein diet. Your body needs "building blocks" for wound healing. Stop taking your Phentermine prior to surgery - it can make you more prone to heart arrhythmias while you are under anesthesia. ...Read more

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What should I expect after breast reduction surgery?

What should I expect after breast reduction surgery?

Breast Reduction: After breast reduction there will be some discomfort and possibly swelling. Otherwise you will feel some relief from the removal of excess tissue. ...Read more

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How long after breast reduction surgery will I know my new size?

Fairly soon: You should know your size relatively soon after surgery. .. About 2 weeks. However, your ultimate shape may take longer to see. Especially if your surgeon performs a vertical scar only reduction, which is my preference, your final shape will take 2 to 3 months to see. .. But your results in my opinion will be better. ...Read more

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How long does breast reduction surgery last?

How long does breast reduction surgery last?

Forever.: Once the excess breast skin and tissue is removed surgically, it is gone forever. However, the tissues that remain can respond to weight gain, hormonal changes, and the skin "brassiere" will stretch and sag as you age. Some women do require repeat breast reduction, but in the absence of weight gain or hormonal change it is rare. ...Read more

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Would a woman loose sensitivity after a breast reduction surgery?

Would a woman loose sensitivity after a breast reduction surgery?

Possibly: With a breast reduction surgery there is a chance that the nerves around the nipple can suffer some trauma that can cause either a temporary or even permanent loss of sensation (numbness). Only time will tell whether this is permanent or not. ...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


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