Scarring after Breast Surgery- What you Need to Know
It’s perfectly natural to have questions and concerns about any upcoming surgery. The potential scarring after breast surgery is a big concern, but with Dr. Rast’s expert skill, It can be minimized. The best plastic surgeons, like Dr. Rast, will only perform a surgery when they’ve determined that you’re a good candidate and the risk of scarring and other complications is minimal.
Scarring After Breast Surgery
A certain amount of scarring following any surgery is inevitable, but the feedback from our patients
has been overwhelmingly positive. Most patients find that the positive outcomes of their surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind. They are happier with their newly-shaped breasts and relieved at the change. Incisions are hidden as much as possible in the crease underneath the breast and toward the edge of the areola whenever possible. There may be vertical scarring from the crease of the breast to the lower part of the areola. The scars will continue to fade over the upcoming year. Since every patient is unique, Dr. Rast will discuss the placement of your incisions before surgery so you know what to expect.
There are steps you may take to reduce scarring following your surgery, including:
- Protect your incision against stretching, strain, stress, and abrasion.
- Always lay down on an incline of 25 to 40 degrees to help promote draining and proper posture.
- Avoid taking hot showers or baths and the direct stream of hot water. Steam can have an adverse effect on your healing skin. Dr. Rast will let you know when it is safe to take showers, typically a few days after your procedure.
- Limit your salt intake and focus your diet on fresh fruits and vegetables. Add vitamin K to your diet to help reduce inflammation.
- Stay out of the sun to avoid hyperpigmentation which will increase visibility.
Breast Surgery Scars
The most important things to remember about breast surgery scars is that, although some scarring is inevitable, you can help take steps to reduce their appearance following your procedure. While every patient is different, and it’s impossible to predict the exact outcome of your procedure, it will be important for you to study before and after pictures, to get an idea of what to expect. Dr. Rast will be happy to discuss all of your concerns prior to your procedure, including any questions you may have about breast surgery scars.