It’s not unusual for patients to be concerned about scarring following breast reduction surgery, because of the length of the scars associated with this procedure.
In an effort to minimize scarring, a variety of maneuvers have been utilized. These include techniques designed to decrease tension on the wound closure. Examples would include steristrips, silicone scar sheeting and compressive support bras.
Massage of scars with a variety of topical agents has been shown to be helpful as well. It’s also important to avoid sun exposure and tanning.
In the occasional patient who develops hypertrophic scarring, steroid injections may be helpful as well.
It’s important to remember that wound remodeling occurs for at least 12-18 months following surgery. If you’re concerned about scarring following breast reduction surgery, it’s important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to help you manage this problem.