Men and women are more conscious about their physical appearance because it affects their personalities and day-to-day endeavors. A slim, smart, and contoured body is every woman’s dream. However, most women fail to lose weight with a balanced diet and exercise.
That’s why they undergo cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction, tummy tuck, BBL, breast augmentation/reduction, or a complete mommy makeover to achieve their aesthetic goals. Breast reduction is an innovative procedure that removes excess fat, tissue, and skin from your breasts.
Women with larger and hanging breasts experience a wide range of problems, such as low self-esteem and neck/back pain. However, women who undergo breast reduction surgery have higher satisfaction rates, thanks to the more contoured, well-shaped, and smaller breasts.
Breast reduction is an invasive surgery, meaning it requires the surgeon to make an incision in your skin. Despite many benefits, breast reduction has a few downsides, such as inflammation, pain, and swelling in the postoperative period. Likewise, scars will appear on your breasts after the surgery. Read on!
How to Get Rid of Breast Reduction Scars?
There is no better way to remove scars than undergoing a cosmetic procedure. You can consult a board-certified plastic surgeon in Miami to undergo scar removal surgery. Remember, a scar removal surgery will leave a new scar on your breasts.
The good news is that the new scars will have less visibility and a smaller/finer appearance. Punch grafting is a sophisticated procedure to remove scars after breast reduction surgery. The procedure is suitable for more minor and deeper scars. However, it is also beneficial for women with larger scars on their breasts.
During punch grafting, the surgeon will extract skin from other body parts. The purpose is to replace the larger scars with new and smaller scars. These scars have less visibility and appear smoother and shallower.
The average recovery time after punch grafting is one to two weeks, depending on your overall health. There are various methods to remove scars. These include laser therapy, chemical peels, topical bleaching medications, and tissue expansion.
How long do breast reduction scars last?
Scars’ appearance primarily depends on ineffective wound healing. Board-certified plastic surgeons in Miami recommend following the postoperative instructions to reduce the risk of larger and deeper scars. Your incisions will heal properly, efficiently, and quickly when you follow the guidelines.
Irresponsible behavior or ineffective postoperative routine is the most significant cause of larger scars. Complications, including poor hygiene that can cause bacterial infections, can reopen your incisions, increasing the visibility of scars.
In addition, some women have collagen breakdown at the surgical site, causing a significant reduction in blood supply. Thus, this also increases the visibility of scars while they heal. However, scars become softer and smoother over time. Although scars after breast reductions surgery are permanent, they fade within 24 months.
Breast reduction scars after one week
The first week after the breast reduction is a critical stage, meaning you have to take care of the wound and follow the guidelines provided by your surgeon to ensure the scar does have a more noticeable appearance.
After the first week, your skin cells will multiply to generate the dermis using collagen and elastin proteins/fibers. So, during this stage, the scars on your breasts will have a reddish and harder appearance. You may also experience inflammation and itchiness.
How to reduce breast reduction scars
Consult your health provider to know and understand the best scar reduction techniques. Your surgeon can give the most practical tips/tricks or strategies to reduce the risk of a more visible scar after the surgery. Here are a few ways to reduce breast reduction scars. Keep reading!
Massage is an excellent way to fade or reduce the visibility of scars. Keep in mind that massage is effective after the scars have formed. Use your fingertips to massage your breasts’ scars.
For instance, start massaging your breasts in a vertical motion followed by horizontal movements. Next, massage your scars in a circular motion to increase essential proteins, such as collagen in the breast area, and make the scars flexible.
Wait two weeks after breast reduction surgery before creating a massage routine. Experts recommend a massage session should last 10 to 15 minutes. For example, you can massage your breasts for 3-5 minutes using circular motions, 3-5 minutes vertically, and 3-5 minutes horizontally. That way, you can make the most out of this activity and reduce the visibility of scars.
Fractionated lasers are a sophisticated technique to reduce the scars’ appearance. However, you can undergo this procedure once your scars have completely healed. So, when you notice your scars have thickened and darkened, it is time to undergo this treatment.
The procedure involves microscopic lasers to treat scars and reduce their visibility or appearance. Because lasers have stronger wavelengths that can penetrate tissues, they will treat your scars from the outside and inside.
Lasers penetrate the upper and middle skin layers and trigger cellular mechanisms to naturally fade scars. However, a single session won’t produce optimal results. Therefore, it is crucial to undergo at least four sessions with each session every month to reduce the appearance of the scars. You may need more than four sessions, depending on your needs.
Wear a Supportive Bra
A supportive bra is crucial for your overall breasts’ recovery and improvement. Our board-certified plastic surgeons in Miami always recommend wearing a supportive bra because it helps heal the scars quickly and prevents them from appearing larger and darker. So, make sure you wear a premium-quality supportive bra for at least six weeks to streamline the entire process.
Scar Revision Surgery
Although these methods can reduce the appearance of your scars, you can undergo scar revisions surgery if you are not satisfied with the results. A qualified and experienced plastic surgeon performs Scar revisions surgery to produce optimal results by fading their visibility.
Will scars change over time?
Scars take around 12 to 18 months to form and mature fully. You may experience a pinkish appearance in the wound area. The wound will determine the final quality of your breast reduction scars.
In addition, your scars will change in appearance from time to time during the 18 months after the surgery. Postoperative care is another factor that plays a critical role in scars’ formation or fading.
For instance, if you have followed your surgeon’s guidelines, the higher chances are that your scar will have less visibility. Otherwise, you will need revision surgery to achieve your goals.
What to do Next?
Breast reduction scars are the biggest concern for women who undergo this procedure. However, when you choose a highly qualified plastic surgeon in Miami, you can achieve your cosmetic goals and reduce the risk of complications, such as a less visible scar appearance.
Our qualified, board-certified, and skilled plastic surgeon with years of experience makes substantial efforts to perform a successful breast reduction surgery. The purpose is to achieve accuracy and precision, leading to less visible scars. Contact us today if you have any questions or schedule an appointment with our experienced plastic surgeon in Miami.