Published April 10, 2014

Breast Lift Hypertrophic Scars – Dealing with Post-Surgery Complications

After getting a breast lift, there are certain things you will need to take into consideration to ensure you heal well. One of the most critical issues you need to be aware of is breast lift hypertrophic scars. They are like scratch marks, only that they are more visible and are both thick as well as raised. They take after keloids, which are often said to be a scar that is quite pronounced, looks like a swelling and can be itchy. To better understand how a hypertrophic scar looks like, think of the swelling that sometimes appears when someone gets their ears pierced.

The origin of Hypertrophic Scars

Breast lift hypertrophic scars come about after going under the knife, the wounds made during the surgery may result in hypertrophic scars. While it does not happen all the time, the wounds developing into scars is a possibility. This occurs as the body generates during the healing process. There may be excessive production of tissue, which form the scar. Scars may also be caused as a result of the wound taking too long to heal. Biologically, some people tend to be more susceptible to hypertrophic scars due to their genetic make-up. For instance, coloured people are more likely to suffer hypertrophic scars.

Hypertrophic scar care

There are many ways you can help ease the situation if you happen to develop breast lift hypertrophic scars. One of the things you may want to avoid is smoking. Cigarette smoking increases your chances of scarring and also worsens scars that are already present. This is because smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and thus hampers the healing process, which requires oxygen. If you are a smoker, then you would do well to inform your doctor to get expert advice and specialized treatment if necessary.

There are numerous treatments that are available for breast lift hypertrophic scars. Silicone sheet therapy, steroid injections and V beam laser treatment are some of the ways to treat the scars. They will either reduce your chances of scarring or make them less visible if they have already developed. As a last resort, if the scar becomes extremely unbearable and all the treatments do not work, then you could undergo a special surgery to correct the situation.

Doctor’s Advice

In order to go through the entire breast lift experience with no complication, it is critical to pay attention to and follow your doctor’s advice. There are many instructions that your doctor will give you which will enable you to cope well with the situation. Physical exercises have a huge impact on your body and more often than not, you will be advised to avoid them completely. There are other things you could do to make your healing process better. For instance, making sure that the area around the wound is clean will prevent the development of infections brought by dirt. In addition to that, if you have a covering over the wound, you could change it daily to make sure it heals quickly.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.