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Treating Scars After Breast Surgery

Dr Mike Shenouda

Dr Mike Shenouda is a specialist cosmetic, laser physician and proceduralist re-defining body rejuvenation in Australia.

Since graduation in 1993, Dr Shenouda has refined his talent as a cosmetic, laser physician and proceduralist (focusing on the face, eyelid, nose and vagina aesthetics).

Dr Mike has kept his finger on the pulse of the latest practices and state-of-the-art technology in surgery and medicine.  Read his Full Bio 

Highly precise and gentle on the skin

Improving, blending skin colour and flattening scars after a cosmetic surgery procedure so you can get the most satisfaction out of your breast surgery result.


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Treating Scarring

Although there are ways to minimise the appearance of scarring before and during the healing process, scars are an inevitable consequence of surgery.

Scar reduction procedures are becoming increasingly common, and there are many effective and minimally invasive approaches to treatment.

Fotona laser devices use the most up-to-date technology to reduce the prominence of scarring.

The laser treatment is designed to penetrate the layers beneath the scarred area to resurface the skin and minimise the obtrusiveness of scarred tissue. Fotona lasers provide a minimally invasive treatment option and can be an effective way to improve skin texture in the scarred areas following breast surgery.



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How does the treatment work?Fotona lasers operate using a frequency-based technology.

The pulsing laser light works by transmitting heat into the skin whilst ablating a very thin layer of the surface skin. The heat from the laser produces thermal effects, penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin at a precise frequency without causing damage to underlying structures. This works to produce effective scar-reducing results.

The advanced laser treatment is minimally invasive and gentle on the skin. The device is highly precise and can achieve results targeted to specific areas, working to create a resurfacing effect which can improve the overall skin texture and quality. This includes making the skin appear smoother, tighter, and more consistent. The procedure may be ideal for past breast surgery patients with residual scarring.

What causes scarring after breast procedures?Many factors contribute to the visibility of scar tissue. The prominence of a scar can depend on the size, depth, and location on the body, as well as how the injury was managed during the healing process. Whatever the case, it is natural for scar tissue to adopt a different appearance and quality to the skin surrounding it.

Scars are largely produced by collagen build-up. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body which forms the skin’s connective tissues. When an injury occurs in the skin, the body rushes to form new collagen fibers to mend the damage, and this often results in a scar. Scars are usually pale and flat on the skin. However, in areas where the skin produces an excess of collagen, the resulting scar can be more prominent.

Other factors can have an influence on scar visibility, such as age and genetic predisposition to scarring. Younger skin tends to produce thicker scars due to a stronger and more active healing response.

Scar technique and placement can be discussed with your surgeon prior to your breast procedure. Surgically inflicted wounds heal best when they are placed in an area with the least amount of tension. Considerations for the placement of scars should be discussed prior to surgery to establish the best way forward for your specific needs and requirements. Scar reduction treatments can then be pursued after the wounds have healed to achieve the best outcome.

Who is an ideal candidate for laser treatment?Fotona laser treatments are for patients with permanent scarring from past wounds, burns, and injuries, including scarring from past surgical procedures. It can also be used to remedy other skin concerns such as mild to moderate wrinkling, pigmentations, acne scars, and sun damage.

People who have undergone breast procedures such as lifts, augmentations, reductions, and reconstructions may consider laser treatment to reduce the visibility of their scars.

Since wounds need time to heal, patients should not pursue this treatment until their incisions are completely healed and the scars are fully matured. This will ensure no further damage is done to the skin tissue and will give you the best chance at achieving your desired results.

When will I see results?Results of Fotona laser treatments will vary depending on the severity and size of the scarring. Generally, patients will experience a smoother and more consistent skin texture immediately after the procedure. However, it may take some time before the full results are seen. Depending on your specific treatment plan, you may require multiple treatments to achieve optimal results.

Following the treatment, it is common to experience some swelling, redness, and skin peeling. These symptoms should disappear in a week or two, leaving you with a smoother skin texture and appearance.


*Disclaimer: All procedures have risks. All results are individual. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about your breast scars.


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