DOI: 10.1111/iwj.14822 ISSN: 1742-4801

Effectiveness of SCAR‐Q for assessment of incisional SCAR after implant‐based reconstruction in breast cancer patients: Can it be a tool for incision selection?

Misa Suzuki, Takako Komiya, Maiko Asai, Nanako Ayabe, Mai Hanano, Yuichiro Kawai, Kazuki Shimada, Takashi Ishikawa, Hajime Matsumura
  • Dermatology
  • Surgery


Incisional scarring is a factor of cosmetic appearance evaluated after breast reconstruction, along with the shape, position, and size of the breast. This study aimed to examine the effect of the incision scar location on patient satisfaction after breast reconstruction. Using the Japanese version of the SCAR‐Q, we assessed the scar appearance, symptoms and psychosocial effects. Plastic surgeons performed assessments using the Manchester Scar Scale. The patients were divided into two groups: those with scars on the margins of the breast (MB group) and those with scars in the breast area (IB group). The results revealed that patients in the MB group reported significantly higher satisfaction with the scar appearance and psychological impact than those in the IB group. However, assessments using the Manchester Scar Scale did not reveal any significant differences between the two groups. In conclusion, this study underscores the importance of patient‐reported outcomes in the evaluation of scar satisfaction after breast reconstruction. Patients tend to prefer and have higher satisfaction with scars along the breast margin, which offers valuable insights into surgical decisions. Further studies with larger and more diverse sample sizes are required for validation.

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