As with any surgery, some degree of scarring is inevitable after a breast reduction. The techniques Dr. Kevin Cook uses for breast reduction surgery take into account each patient’s individual needs and can be customized to keep incisions as minimal as necessary. For example, patients who need only a moderate amount of breast volume removed may choose a vertical or “lollipop” incision, which can be concealed along the edge of the areola and leaves only a vertical scar from the areola to the lower pole of the breast. This scar will fade over time and can be easily concealed with a bra or bikini top. In some cases, a breast reduction can be accomplished with liposuction, which requires only tiny incisions.
Patients whose physical needs demand a more significant reduction may opt for the wise pattern method (or “anchor” incision), which incorporates an additional incision that runs along the breast crease. This particular incision can be mostly concealed by the breast crease itself and further hidden beneath a bikini top or bra. Some women, however, are becoming more comfortable with their breast reduction scars and are not afraid to reveal visible signs of their procedure. Well-known Modern Family actress Ariel Winter appeared on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, proudly wearing a backless, strapless dress that showed a portion of her scars soon after her recent breast reduction surgery. Following the awards show, the actress tweeted: “Guys there is a reason I didn’t make an effort to cover up my scars! They are part of me and I’m not ashamed of them at all. :)”
Minimizing visible scarring is always one of Dr. Cook’s priorities when devising surgical strategies to achieve his patients’ goals. If you are curious about which technique can accomplish the degree of breast reduction you need, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook to discussion your options.