Abnormal scarring after breast lift surgery

Plastic surgery procedures involve incisions that leave a scar on the operated area. The breast lift surgery is no exception because it is highly invasive and involves removal of the excess skin from the breasts. Your body’s natural healing system takes action to heal those scars by triggering scarring. The body does so to close the incisions and overcome the trauma.

The scars are made by the myofibroblasts and collagen fibers that your body generates against the surgical trauma. In most situations, the scar develops normally and appears even and less visible. The scars fade and become less visible as time passes.

It can take many years for breast lift scars to decrease in visibility. But patients should keep in mind that the scar will not fully disappear. Also, the surgery is not possible without scarring. In other words, it means the scarring is an opportunity cost for the restoration of firmer and youthful breasts.

There is a risk the scars may develop abnormally after breast lift surgery. Abnormal scars look more noticeable, are raised, and appear aesthetically unwelcoming. Many people are genetically exposed to developing abnormal, more disorderly, more noticeable, and aesthetically unwelcoming scars. This happens when your body generates more collagen to heal the incisions. It causes the scars to become raised and abnormal.

Also, when the patient is careless during the recovery period after breast lift surgery, it can trigger abnormal scarring. For example, if the patient exposes the incisions to direct sunlight and heat in the first six months after surgery, it can cause abnormal scarring. Also, if you engage in physically strenuous activities that lead to wound dehiscence during the first six weeks after surgery, your risk of abnormal scarring will go up.

The surgical technique can also trigger abnormal scarring in the breasts. If your plastic surgeon is inexperienced, he or she may use a poor surgical technique to perform the surgery. As a result, abnormal scars may develop. Also, your health can expose you to abnormal scarring. For example, if you have diabetes, your risk of developing abnormal scars can go up considerably.

Abnormal scars are also known as bad scars. They can develop any time after the procedure. The common types of abnormal scars are keloid and hypertrophic scars. Even though both of these scars are aesthetically unpleasant, keloid scars are more prominent because they are raised, highly noticeable, and severe. They look like cauliflowers and are hard to treat. Fortunately, the risk of keloid scar development after breast lift surgery is considerably lower.

On the other hand, hypertrophic scars develop due to the pressure applied to the incisions. It is more likely when the surgeon sutures and closes the incisions under high pressure or creates tension in the incisions. It can also happen due to more physical movements and strenuous activities by the patient during the recovery period. To avoid the development of abnormal scars after breast lift surgery, share your complete health information with the surgeon and follow the surgeon’s instructions for a smooth recovery.

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