Breast Reconstruction ~ Concealing Scars After Mastectomy

Breast Reconstruction ~ Concealing Scars After Mastectomy Breast reconstruction and concealing scars after mastectomy is a certainty for patients post surgery.  There are those who bravely bare their scars as a symbol of strength and what they have been through.  But for many, hiding the scars of breast reconstruction is a skill and becomes a sort of creative art. Various Surgeries ~ Various Scars There are abdominal scars and breast scars if you have had DIEP flap breast reconstruction.  LAT flap will leave you with scars on your back and breasts.  TUG flap will leave you with breasts and inner thigh scars.  PAP and GAP flap will leave scars at the breasts and buttocks areas.  Those who have immediate breast reconstruction will likely have the least amount of scars on their breasts, but scars nonetheless. Placement of scars is a topic that should definitely be brought up in the initial Continue Reading →

Scar Healing: Post DIEP flap Surgery

Scar Healing: Post DIEP flap Surgery Scars, scar healing, and scar therapy  after breast reconstruction surgery is a frequent topic of discussion on DiepCJourney support group page. I can share with you what I have learned about these topics after phase 1 & 2 of my DIEP flap surgeries. What Forms the Scar? I am sure that many of you have heard of collagen. Collagen is a structural protein occurring in our bodies. Collagen goes to work and is produced by your body, in simplest form, after skin is disrupted through a surgical incision. It repairs and heals the wound because of its fibrous, connective properties. It is what forms the scar when your body goes through its natural healing process. Healing is Individual but Maintaining Health is Important! We are all unique and individual when it comes to healing. Your skin color, genetics, and overall health are important factors Continue Reading →

Healing Scars

Healing Scars Healing scars after any surgery is a frequently discussed topic for those of us who have been through it.  One gentleman, Dennis Maione posted and wrote a blog on scars. The word scar derives from the Greek eskhara, scab. In the present day English language it can be both a noun and a verb. Noun – a mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely and fibrous connective tissue has developed. Verb – a lasting effect of grief, fear, or other emotion left on a person’s character by a traumatic experience  Scar – Noun The first definition, a noun, describes fibrous, connective tissue developing. When you think about it in those terms it implies building and getting stronger, fibrous/connective. I still have very young scars from the three surgeries that I have had this past year. The Continue Reading →