You are likely wondering if breast augmentation surgery will leave you with any scarring. This is a common concern that we hear from our patients at Piedmont Plastic Surgery. By learning about this question in advance, you can go into your procedure with reasonable expectations.
The short answer is that there will inevitably be scarring because the procedure involves incisions. This is true of almost every invasive procedure or surgery. However, breast augmentation scars can appear inconspicuous through thoughtful incision placement and diligent scar management. After some time, some scars can be so light and thin that they are almost invisible.
Where Will My Breast Augmentation Scars Be Located?
Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Vaughn will work with you to determine an inconspicuous location for the incisions. They can be made on one of three areas based on your figure and your personal goals for your breast augmentation. The incision options are:
- Around the lower edge of the areola (periareolar incision)
- The crease underneath the breast (inframammary incision)
- In the armpit (transaxillary incision)
All of these locations attempt to camouflage the incisions to make the faded scars less noticeable. Dr. Vaughn knows that scars can cause self-esteem issues and he works to ensure that you have the most positive results.
What Can I Do to Minimize Scarring?
Your scars will likely appear red after surgery and can take up to a year to fade. Dr. Vaughn will advise you on the proper steps to take after your surgery to minimize scarring. These steps may include:
- Avoiding strenuous or vigorous physical activities after surgery
- Wearing a post-operative support bra to reduce tension on scars
- Applying topical creams to minimize infection and promote healing
- Gently massaging the area once healed
- Following any additional directions given to you by Dr. Vaughn
What Other Factors Can Affect Scarring?
There are some additional factors to consider that can affect the appearance of your breast augmentation scars. The first factor is genetics. You may have a genetic predisposition to scar in a certain way. This can include a tendency to scar heavily or to experience certain scars such as keloids, which are lumpy and caused by excess collagen production. A smoking habit can also delay scar healing, as the nicotine impairs tissue oxygenation. For this reason, you may be advised to quit smoking before, during, and after your procedure.
Additionally, sun exposure can affect scarring. Scar tissue is more susceptible to sunburn, and UV light can cause scar tissue to appear darker. It’s recommended that you avoid sun exposure and use sunblock on your scars to maximize healing and lessen the severity of your scars. Lastly, the experience of your surgeon can impact your breast augmentation scars. An experienced surgeon cannot control all the factors that determine the condition of your scar, however, they may be able to reduce the degree of scarring through their technique. Dr. Vaughn has more than 20 years of experience helping patients achieve their breast augmentation goals.
To learn more about breast augmentation and to develop an individualized procedure plan, please call us today at 864-223-0505 to schedule your consultation. Piedmont Plastic Surgery serves patients in Greenwood, Greenville, and Columbia, South Carolina as well as nearby Augusta, Georgia.