One of the frequent questions I get from patients considering a breast reduction is around what their scars post-surgery will end up looking like. While this varies greatly, as breast reductions are unique to each patient, in this video I discuss the common approaches to this particular surgery and the types of incisions and scars that are common.
What will my scars look like if I have breast reduction surgery?
That answer is that it really depends on how much breast volume we’ve got to contend with, how much we need to excise and, how much loose skin we’ll need to manage as well.
Traditionally, most of my patients would have a breast reduction scar around the nipple, down into a vertical component and then into the crease in the form of either a J or L depending on if you’re looking at the right or left side of the breast. In very minor cases we may need to make your incisions down to meet into an inverted T, otherwise known as an anchor scar.
I do find that if I am able to avoid that central component of that anchor scar, so by creating either an L or a J that we can then keep your central part of the sternum area nice and clean, and give you a very nice, rounded breast shape in that central cleavage line. So that if you were ever needing to wear a plunging neckline, sort of an evening gown on your way out into a nice evening out with friends, then we don’t have scars showing in that central part of your chest.