Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, providing a quick and dramatic boost in breast size and shape. While the results can be transformative, breast implants do require invasive surgery and inevitable scarring. Fortunately, advances in surgical techniques coupled with proper scar care can help most patients. Here is a guide to managing breast augmentation scars.
Table of Contents – Managing Breast Augmentation Scars
Surgical Techniques to Minimise Scars
Managing Breast Augmentation Scars
The best way to minimise scars is to follow all of your surgeon’s pre- and post-procedure instructions carefully. Be sure to discuss your concerns about scarring. Your surgeon may recommend certain surgical techniques to minimise scarring for your specific procedure.
There are a few options for incision placement, each with pros and cons regarding scar visibility:
Periareolar – Making the incision along the outer lower part of the areola keeps scarring relatively concealed, but it can result in loss of sensation around the nipple area.
Inframammary – An incision in the natural crease under the breast leaves a scar that is usually hidden, but it leaves a potentially wide scar if the implant pocket disrupts the crease.
No matter the incision location, advanced surgical techniques can make you comfortable with the overall treatment while helping to minimise scarring. Discuss all options with your surgeon beforehand.
Post-Op Scar Care
The way you care for scars in the first 6-12 months after surgery greatly impacts their long-term appearance. Follow your surgeon’s instructions, which will likely include:
- If surgical strips or steri-strips have been applied after a procedure, it’s best to leave them if they don’t fall off naturally. Typically, they will stay for 7-10 days. Avoid pulling them off prematurely, as this could disrupt healing.
- Silicone gel, or sheeting is the first line of defence and treatment for scars These gels and sheets play a crucial role in alleviating itching and minimising scar size. It’s advisable to incorporate these products as soon as the sutures have fully healed.
- Scars are a natural part of the healing process. But with the right care, you can help your scar heal and have a smoother appearance. While procedures like silicone treatment, laser therapy, or surgical revision may help, scar massage serves as an accessible at-home technique for many. Gentle pressure and motion during massage increase blood flow to the area. This brings more oxygen and nutrients to the site, which helps reduce swelling and improve circulation.
- Avoiding direct sunlight on scars for at least one year. The sun stimulates excess pigment production that can darken scars. Use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen on scars.
The Bottom Line
While some light scarring will always remain after this breast surgery, following your surgeon’s instructions coupled with advanced scar treatments if needed can produce dramatically subtler, flatter, more faded scars in most patients. With time, the rejuvenated breasts take centre stage over the faint scars.