Breast Reduction and Scarring

What type of scars should I expect if I were to have a breast reduction? I would hope its not that bad :(


F, 48, California

There are two main types of incisions used for breast reduction surgery. One is the vertical or 'lollipop' incision. Patients who have noticeable sagging are often good candidates for a vertical breast reduction. Vertical breast reduction surgery involves two incision sites: one around the perimeter of the areola and a second incision running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold or the crease underneath the breast. Using a vertical incision allows a plastic surgeon to remove excess fat, breast tissue  and skin, while reshaping the larger breast into a smaller, lifted breast. Vertical incisions are the least noticeable of the two reduction incision styles. 

The inverted-T or ‘anchor’ breast reduction involves three incisions: one around the perimeter of the areola, one vertically from the areola to the crease in the breast and one along the crease beneath the breast. This incision style allows a plastic surgeon to remove a significant amount of tissue, while reshaping the larger breast into a smaller one. This incision type is typically used to reduce very large breasts. 


I had a breast reduction and a lift back in February and I had the lollipop incision.  For me I noticed an improvement in scarring about a month ago, my surgeon was very clean and concise so the scar does not look too bad and I know it will continue to fade over time.  You can also use vitamin e on the scars once your doctor gives you the OK, it definitely helps.

Good Luck!