Do Breast Augmentation Scars Go Away?
The single most popular type of cosmetic surgery is breast augmentation. It’s consistently the most-performed procedure each year, and for good reason. If you’re considering it, however, it’s normal to be concerned about visible scarring and what to expect. Here’s what to know about breast augmentation scarring and how you can minimize it.
Your plastic surgeon will ensure to strategically place your incisions. These are usually placed in an area where your natural contours will make them less noticeable, like underneath the breast crease or within the armpit. Experienced plastic surgeons can also make sure that you find the right balance between the incision pattern that achieves good implant placement and also good scar concealment.
Although your scars will most likely be minimal, it’s important to acknowledge that it can still take as long as 18 months for them to completely heal. While you recover from your breast augmentation procedure, your scars will change in appearance. At one point, they will look like they’re getting worse before they begin to look better. Some scars look pink or red and slightly raised on the skin before they begin to fade as they heal. Everyone is different. The length of time it takes for your breast augmentation scars to heal depends on a variety of factors. These include your skin type and tone, age, genetics, and level of sun exposure.
There are things you can do both before and after your breast augmentation surgery to minimize scarring. These include:
- Stop smoking a few weeks before and after your surgery. Quitting altogether is best for your health
- Avoid being out in the sun. If you can’t avoid the sun, always wear sunscreen
- Consume a healthy diet and drink water to aid your recovery. Get enough sleep as well
- Carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s guidelines for physical activity after your procedure
There are also a few treatment options available for minimizing the look of your scars. Speak with your plastic surgeon to determine which is right for you and each stage of your recovery. The options include the following:
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Silicone sheeting
- Topical cortisone cream
- Vitamin E supplements or products
The best way to learn more about breast augmentation and what you can expect is by meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Hetal Fichadia. To get started, contact our Portland, OR office by calling or filling out our online form. Check out real breast augmentation results here.