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isstewart
4 months ago
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Post-surgery regrets

Hello, I had surgery now 13 months ago and was initially thrilled with the results. I am now quite insecure about the scarring as it is much more than I expected and the nipples appear higher than I would have liked. My mother believes I did not wear supportive enough bras post surgery and this is the cause. Is there anything I can do now or is it a case of accepting what I have?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Type: Question

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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The post-surgical appearance of breasts changes as healing completes. Often the lower skin of the breast stretches out, which can tip up the nipples and make them appear higher. Scarring takes 12 months or so to mature, but will continue to face over time. If you are unhappy, I would return to your surgeon to express your concerns. There might be some revisional surgery that could improve the scarring and shape of the breasts. Best of luck.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question and I am sorry that your results have not been what you anticipated. Your post-surgical garments did not play a role in your final results, as the stretching of breast tissue is variable, impacting the appearance and position of nipples. This is largely determined at the time of surgery. After 12 months your scars have largely matured, and improvement can only be attempted with either microneedling, laser treatments, or surgical revision (which may allow for improvement in nipple position).. Talk to your surgeon to have the best advice given.

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