Breast Augmentation Scars
One concern patients often have before breast augmentation is what the incision and subsequent scarring will look like. The good news is that today’s procedures actually leave very little scarring, due to the size and location of the required incisions. In addition, there are steps you can take after your augmentation surgery to reduce the appearance of scarring even further.
Location of Scars
There are three basic locations where incisions may be placed for breast augmentation surgery:
- Inframammary Incision – This incision is placed near the crease underneath the breast and is commonly used for the insertion of silicone implants. Scarring is typically concealed underneath the breast.
- Transaxillary Incision – This incision is located under the arm and may be used with saline implants. Although it is located away from the breast, the recovery from this procedure can be more difficult.
- Periareolar Incision – This is another common incision used for the placement of a saline implant. The incision is placed around the border of the areola, where it becomes nearly invisible after it heals. However, the periareolar incision may make it harder for some women to breastfeed after breast implant surgery.
Steps to Minimizing the Appearance of Scars
No matter where your incision is located, there are steps you can take after your breast augmentation procedure to minimize their appearance. Dr. Leber will talk to you about specific options, which might include:
- Silicone Sheeting – This product has been used for years by doctors to help reduce the thickness of scarring, which also minimizes its appearance.
- Cortisone Cream – Daily application of cortisone cream stimulates collagen production to aid the body’s own healing process.
- Vitamin E – Applied topically, vitamin E can reduce scarring that might appear around the implant.
- Pressure Bandages – Used to treat scarring from burns for more than a century, these bandages also work to reduce the appearance of other types of scars.
It is also important to follow post-operative instructions given by Dr. Leber very carefully. These instructions are meant to speed the healing process and may minimize scarring after the incision heals.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, the resulting scar will be more visible than the patient hoped. In these situations, there are a number of skin resurfacing procedures that may help to minimize the scar, including laser treatments and dermabrasion.