What Will My Scars Look Like After Breast Reduction?

shutterstock_177094181Designed to make the breasts a smaller, more manageable size, breast reduction can bring relief to women experiencing physical discomfort due to overly large breasts. One of the most common questions women have about this procedure is how the incisions will look once they’re healed. Dr. Neal Goldberg, our board certified plastic surgeon, utilizes advanced techniques to achieve optimal results, including minimizing the appearance of scars.

Dr. Goldberg typically uses one of two incision techniques for breast reduction surgery: the “lollipop” or the “anchor.” The lollipop approach requires two main incisions, one around the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) and a vertical one from the areola to the breast crease. The anchor method uses three incisions, the first two are the same as the lollipop, and there is an additional incision across the breast crease (called the inframammary fold). The right option for you will depend on your unique anatomic needs and cosmetic goals.

While breast reduction scars typically start out swollen and bright, these effects should subside over a few months and leave behind smooth white lines. To further reduce scar visibility, topical creams and non-surgical laser treatment can be used to aid healing. Dr. Goldberg is extensively trained in the latest laser skin resurfacing technology and he can recommend the ideal modality for your desired outcome.

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