October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month that raises awareness of the disease and where we recognize women who have battled or are currently battling breast cancer.
Depending on the breast cancer diagnosis, women may have to undergo either systemic treatments or some type of surgery to help treat their breast cancer. Breast cancer surgeries such as lumpectomies or mastectomies (as well as breast reconstruction or other surgeries) can leave behind scars that women should not have to worry about. In this blog post we will discuss different types of treatments for breast cancer and how to best treat post-surgery scars.
Breast Cancer Surgeries and Treatments
Systemic treatments such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or targeted drug therapy are several methods used to treat breast cancer. Even these types of treatments can leave smaller scars or marks on the skin. Depending on the type of breast cancer, the stage, and other circumstances or situations, surgery may be included in the treatment plan.
Surgeries such as breast-conserving surgery or mastectomies aim to remove as much of the cancer as possible. While mastectomies remove the entire breast and tissue, breast-conserving surgery (which includes lumpectomies, partial mastectomies, or segmental mastectomies) only removes part of the breast that contains the cancer. Depending on the type of surgery, the scar that is left behind can vary in size.
Breast reconstruction surgeries can also leave scars, and in multiple places sometimes. Breast reconstruction surgeries rebuild the breast or even out the tissue after mastectomies or lumpectomies. While a surgeon may use the same incision site from the initial surgery in the reconstruction surgery to avoid new scars, scars can form elsewhere. If the surgery was done using own body tissue instead of implants, there can be scarring at the site where the tissue was harvested.
How to Help Improve the Appearance of Scars after Breast Surgeries
After enduring treatments and surgeries for breast cancer, the last thing survivors should have to worry about are unwanted scars. Breast cancer surgeries or reconstruction surgeries can leave medium to large sized scars.
Skinuva Scar is physician developed and clinically tested and has been shown to help improve surgical, procedural, and trauma scars. Using its science-backed and revolutionary ingredients such as selective synthetic Growth Factors, Silicone, Centella Asiatica, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Aloe Vera, Skinuva Scar flattens raised scars, reduces pigmentation of scars, and smooths the scar, improving its overall appearance and texture.Skinuva Scar has been shown to improve scars from other types of breast surgeries as well, such as breast augmentations and reductions. If you or someone you know has a scar they want to improve, add Skinuva Scar to your post-surgery care routine.