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Is there an obvious scar after breast or areolar reduction surgery?

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Dr. William Wallace
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Breast Scars

With every surgery there will be scars.
Early on, your scars will be red, raised, and "angry". This acute phase of wound healing lasts anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. After this acute phase has ended, your scar will enter the "mature" phase, where the red, raised scar softens and pales, becoming difficult to see. Scars are also placed in inconspicuous areas whenever possible.

In brief: Breast Scars

With every surgery there will be scars.
Early on, your scars will be red, raised, and "angry". This acute phase of wound healing lasts anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. After this acute phase has ended, your scar will enter the "mature" phase, where the red, raised scar softens and pales, becoming difficult to see. Scars are also placed in inconspicuous areas whenever possible.
Dr. William Wallace
Dr. William Wallace
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Dr. Renee Burke
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Breast scars

In breast and areola reduction surgery there is a scar that runs around the outside of the areola.
For breast reduction surgery there is typically a scar that runs down from the areola scar in a lollipop fashion. For larger reductions, a scar may also be hidden in the crease of the breast.

In brief: Breast scars

In breast and areola reduction surgery there is a scar that runs around the outside of the areola.
For breast reduction surgery there is typically a scar that runs down from the areola scar in a lollipop fashion. For larger reductions, a scar may also be hidden in the crease of the breast.
Dr. Renee Burke
Dr. Renee Burke
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, every surgical procedure performed will result in a visible scars.
However, scars tend to improve with time. Sometimes topical measures and/or scar revision surgery may be necessary to improve the appearance of the scars.

In brief: Yes

Yes, every surgical procedure performed will result in a visible scars.
However, scars tend to improve with time. Sometimes topical measures and/or scar revision surgery may be necessary to improve the appearance of the scars.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

This is achieved with the circumareolar technique also known as the donut lift.
The scar travels along the outside of the areola.

In brief: Yes

This is achieved with the circumareolar technique also known as the donut lift.
The scar travels along the outside of the areola.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Ram Kalus
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: That depends

That depends on many factors including the quality of the surgery and your own biology as far as how you heal.
Most women undergoing breast reduction surgery are extremely pleased with their results, even if the scars are visible, since the symptomatic improvement is so substantial that their quality of life clearly improves.

In brief: That depends

That depends on many factors including the quality of the surgery and your own biology as far as how you heal.
Most women undergoing breast reduction surgery are extremely pleased with their results, even if the scars are visible, since the symptomatic improvement is so substantial that their quality of life clearly improves.
Dr. Ram Kalus
Dr. Ram Kalus
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