What will the scars look like after a breast reconstruction?

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JeffAschermanMD (Physician - Surgery - Plastic (Verified) ) - 02 / 12 / 2012

The scars vary widely, and are determined by the incision used for your mastectomy, and the type of reconstruction you are having. Some incisions are very well hidden, such as in the inferior fold of the breast, while others need to be placed on the more visible areas of the breast, depending on where the cancer is and the comfort level of your breast surgeon with different approaches. Furthermore, implant reconstructions usually involve some type of a single line closure, whereas flap reconstructions sometimes involve more circular or elliptical shape inicisions, depending on the amount of skin removed by the breast surgeon. Your breast and plastic surgeons can probably tell you preoperatively what type of scar you will have, as they will know the specifics of your surgery.
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