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Breast Reduction Scarring and Recovery: What to Expect?

Breast reduction (like any surgery) involves incisions. Hence, many ask if breast reduction scarring will remain visible. Scarring and general recovery after breast reduction is a common concern, and Dr. Angelina Postoev understands her patients’ worries. It’s our mission to ensure excellent results and impeccable aesthetic appearance.

What Type of Incisions Are Made during Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery and breast lift surgery involve very similar incisions. However, different doctors have different techniques and different ways they like to do the incisions for breast reduction. Therefore, you should research this question and ask your doctor what a breast reduction scar is going to look like.

Where Are Incisions Made?

The most common type of incisions used for breast reduction is the Inverted-T also known as T-Anchor. The name defines the direction of the incision. It goes around the areola, then goes down, and continues under the breast imitating a shape of an anchor.

Inverted-T is a type of incision for breast reduction and breast lift procedures that Dr. Angelina Postoev utilizes most frequently at SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics. First of all, it ensures the best cosmetic result and secondly, it lets the surgeon take out most of the breast tissue that has to be removed. However, patients are different as well as their breast size, and incision type may vary in each individual case. Most likely, it will be the Inverted-T or T-Anchor type incision.

How Much Time Does Breast Reduction Scarring Need to Disappear?

When talking about the Inverted-T incision, the areola part of the scar that goes around the nipple generally heals very well. It is also very natural to have some color difference between the areola and the rest of the breast skin, so most people won’t notice the scar. Generally, it may take up to a year for the areola scar to heal.

The scar that goes underneath the breast will also become invisible because it’s literally hidden underneath the breast. Then, the only little part of the Inverted-T incision that can be seen is the vertical section going down from the nipple to the bottom scar. It usually fades away very well if a patient follows the surgeon’s recommendations.

Is It Possible to Make Breast Reduction Scarring Invisible?

First and foremost, patients should follow the surgeon’s post operative instructions very closely to minimize scarring. Then, if scars after breast reduction surgery become a concern, there are ways to address it. At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, we can treat surgical scars using different advanced non-invasive cosmetic technologies like Morpheus8, Fractora, Microdermabrasion, and other procedures.

Is Recovery After Breast Reduction Difficult?

Breast reduction recovery is probably one of the easiest compared to other surgical procedures. There might be soreness right after the surgery but normally there is no severe pain. Although in most cases patients do not require narcotic pain medicine, mild pain can be controlled by a variety of methods.  A weekend off is usually enough to cope with it. Along with soreness, patients might experience little tingling, burning or other mild discomfort that is usually not strong enough to be managed with strong pain medicine.

Breast reduction patients are usually able to continue with their normal lives and go back to work rather quickly. They won’t be out of commission for long. Recovery is quite easy, especially when compared to a tummy tuck procedure, for example.

Speaking about fully healing, Dr. Angelina estimates that it can take up to a year for the final result of the breast reduction procedure to be seen. Sometimes this time is needed for the fluid collection to drain, for example. But of course, every patient is different. Many patients need less time to fully heal, everything depends on your individual circumstances. To learn more about breast reduction scarring and recovery, and what to expect in your individual case, schedule an in-person or a virtual appointment today.

Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer breast reduction and other types of breast surgery to patients in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Buckhead, and surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.

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