Hypertrophic Scars Around Areola

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After 2 ½ months post op the previously flat scars around my nipple/areola complex are now raised and noticeable through my shirt.  What caused this and what can be done to correct it?

Some women are prone to "hypertrophic scarring", and can develop raised and red looking scars during the healing process.  Frequent scar massage (once the acute wounds are healed) can help to flatten and smooth out the collagen in the scars.  Also, it can take 6-12 months for the scars to mature completely and for the redness to fade. Occasionally, silicone sheeting or steroid injections are used to improve scar appearance.  On rare occasions, surgical scar revision must be performed.

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  • Friday, 15 June 2012