Will reconstruction scars improve?

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Question from DLS: I'm proud of my new breast, but will the scars get any better with time?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Yes. Surgical incisions do get better over time. The pinkness and the heaped up nature of the incision do improve substantially over the first year or so. As they pale and flatten out, they become less noticeable and your new breast is likely to feel more and more like what you had hoped for.
Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. Over time, you also get more accustomed to how your breast looks and feels, and then that makes you more comfortable.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Also, over time, you can fantasize that your new breast can have similar feelings that the old breast did, and maybe it's even possible for you to experience some pleasure from being touched there. Each one of you is uniquely you. This may be possible for you, or you may think that this is not a possibility. Just give it some thought and keep your mind open to this.

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