Scar Care 101: How to Care for Your Breast Reduction Scars

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


Scar Care 101: How to Care for Your Breast Reduction Scars

Breast reduction surgery is a common procedure that can provide relief from back pain, neck pain, and other discomforts associated with large breasts. However, like any surgical procedure, breast reduction can leave scars. If you have undergone a breast reduction, proper scar care is essential to help minimize scarring and promote optimal healing. Here are some tips on how to care for your breast reduction scars.

Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions

Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to care for your scars after breast reduction surgery. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and minimize scarring. Some common instructions may include:

  • Keeping the surgical site clean and dry
  • Wearing compression garments as directed
  • Avoiding strenuous activity and heavy lifting
  • Not smoking or using nicotine products
  • Taking prescribed medications as directed

Massage Your Scars

Massaging your scars can help reduce swelling, soften tissue, and break up any adhesions that may have formed during the healing process. It can also help to improve circulation and promote healthy skin growth. Some plastic surgeons may recommend massage as part of your post-operative care routine, while others may prefer that you wait until your incisions are fully healed. Be sure to check with your surgeon before you start massaging your scars, and follow their instructions carefully.

Keep Your Incisions Moisturized

Moisturizing your incisions can help to keep the skin soft and supple, which can improve their overall appearance. Some patients find that using a gentle moisturizer can also help to relieve any itching or discomfort that may occur during the healing process. However, it is important to choose a moisturizer that is free from fragrance, alcohol, and other harsh chemicals that could irritate the skin.

Protect Your Scars from the Sun

Sun exposure can cause scars to darken and become more noticeable. It is important to protect your scars from the sun by using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and wearing clothing that covers the surgical site.

Consider Scar Treatment

If you are concerned about the appearance of your breast reduction scars, there are several scar treatment options available. Your surgeon may recommend topical treatments such as silicone gels or sheets, laser therapy, or corticosteroid injections. It is important to discuss your options with your surgeon to determine the best course of action for your individual needs.

Be Patient

It is important to remember that every patient heals differently, and that the length of time it takes for your scars to fade will vary. While some patients may see significant improvement in just a few weeks, others may need to wait several months before they notice a change. During this time, it is important to be patient and to focus on taking good care of your skin. Remember that your plastic surgeon is your best resource for guidance and support throughout your recovery process, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Breast reduction surgery can be an effective way to reduce physical discomfort and improve self-confidence, but it can also leave scars that can be a source of concern for some patients. By following the tips outlined above, you can help to minimize scarring and promote healthy healing after your surgery. Remember to follow your surgeon’s instructions closely, keep your incisions moisturized, and be patient as your body heals. With time and care, your scars will fade, and you can enjoy the benefits of a more comfortable, confident, and healthy body.