Noticeable scarring following breast reduction is a common concern among women considering this procedure. Unfortunately, some residual scarring is an unavoidable aspect of breast reduction surgery, as incisions are required to remove unwanted tissue and elevate the breasts. That being said, the majority of plastic surgeons do everything possible to limit any conspicuous scarring based on the unique needs and/or goals of the patient.
There are several incision patterns that can be utilized to perform breast reduction surgery, including the circular, lollipop, and inverted “T” methods. Though each has its advantages and disadvantages for qualified candidates, I prefer to employ an inverted “T” incision that encircles the areola, extends down the breasts, and then continues along the inframammary fold (creating a shape similar to an anchor). While the inverted “T” incision may be a bit longer than other techniques, I have found it to consistently yield the best results with a superior quality scar. Furthermore, this scar pattern can often be concealed by the majority of bra and swimsuit varieties.
Ultimately, considerable care is taken at my practice to help ensure all breast reduction incisions heal as inconspicuously as possible. After many years of performing this procedure, I have found that final outcomes of surgery far outweigh any hesitance patients have about possible scarring.