Tips to Minimize Scarring After Breast Surgery

Women come to Dr. Comizio for many reasons including breast reduction surgery, reconstruction, revision or abdominoplasty. Regardless of the reason you may be considering breast surgery, it often comes with concerns about potential scarring after surgery and ways to reduce the appearance of scars on your breasts. This is completely understandable when wanting to feel complete after surgery and aesthetically happy with your results.
If you’re considering a surgery, but you are apprehensive because of the potential for noticeable scars, it’s time to ease your mind. In addition to Dr. Comizio’s precision during surgery, there are ways to reduce and minimize scars post surgery.

The Type of Incision

Breast surgery requires incisions on your breasts, however there are several types of incisions offered. Typically speaking, the larger your breast, the larger your incision. However, every  woman’s breast anatomy and desired breast size is unique, which could allow you to choose a smaller incision type.

Breast incision techniques include:

  • An anchor scar, which leaves an inverted “T” scar on the bottom portion of your breast
  • A lollipop scar, which places a vertical scar from the bottom of your nipple to the bottom of your breast
  • A horizontal scar along the inframammary fold of your breast, where the bottom of your breast meets your ribcage
  • For breast reduction, a liposuction-only technique, in which small incisions are made in your breasts to insert a thin tube called a cannula, which is used to remove unwanted fatty tissue from your breasts via liposuction

If you’re concerned about having a large scar on your breasts after your surgery, make sure to share that feeling with Dr. Comizio so you can partner together to plan the best incision type and technique for you based on current and desired breast size.

Post-Surgery Instructions

Dr. Comizio and her nursing staff will discuss with you, in detail, the instructions for post-surgery. After surgery, your incision sites need to heal, and part of that healing process means avoiding contact with water for a short period of time. It’s important to keep the incision site dry and avoid any excess moisture. Dr. Comizio will let you know when it is safe to shower, take a bath, swim in a pool or participate in other activities. It is imperative to follow the after-care protocol as strictly as possible to promote quick healing and reduction in scars.

Eat a Healthy Diet 

Maintaining a healthy diet is always important for optimal health – before and after surgery. When you are recovering from surgery, your body will require an abundance of vitamins and minerals to heal more easily. Eating a well-balanced diet will also help ensure you have high energy levels and keep your immune system strong, especially if you were given antibiotics. You will want to incorporate a high level of vitamin D, which helps in healing. The healthier an incision heals, the better it often looks.

Discuss Your Concerns with Dr. Comizio

If you are hoping to have breast surgery in the near future, and the thought of large scars has been preventing you from moving forward, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Comizio. After an open discussion with her and an examination of your current breast size and shape, you may be surprised at just how minimal of an incision she needs to make in order to deliver your desired results. Keep in mind, individual results will vary.

Call Dr. Comizio in her Morristown office today: 973-775-9248

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