One of the most common questions that is asked before breast augmentation surgery is “will there be scarring, and what will it look like?” Because breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, there will be some scarring, however, there are many ways to help reduce scarring to make it less noticeable. Read on for more information about breast augmentation scarring.
Where will scars be located?
The location of your scars will depend on where the incisions were placed during your procedure. There are three main incision patterns used during breast augmentation, including the periareolar incision (around the areola), the inframammary incision (in the breast fold), and transaxillary incision (in the armpit). The incisions that are used during your procedure will depend on your aesthetic goals and your surgeon’s recommendations.
What will the scars look like?
It can take up to 18 months for your scars to fully heal and mature, so be patient during the healing process. It is also important to understand that the scars may appear worse before they look better. Most scars will look red or pink and slightly raised until they begin to heal and become less noticeable. The time it takes for your scars to heal will depend on your age, genetics, skin tone, and exposure to the sun.
Tips to minimize scarring
There are a number of things that you can do to help quicken healing and minimize the appearance of your scars. These include staying out of the sun and wearing sunscreen when outdoors, avoiding smoking for several weeks before and after your surgery, eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated, and following your plastic surgeon’s post-op guidelines. If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation surgery or scarring after the procedure, contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment.