What You Need to Know about Breast Augmentation Scars
Breast augmentation, commonly referred to as a “boob job,” involves surgically placing silicone or saline implants in the breasts. If done correctly, breast augmentation can lead to newfound self-confidence.
Many patients who want to enjoy the benefits of this procedure are worried about breast augmentation scars because this surgery involves incisions and sutures. Don’t let scars scare you. Dr. Vishnu Rumalla uses delicate methods to decrease the visibility of breast augmentation scarring. To learn more about breast augmentation scarring, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rumalla at Tarrant Plastic Surgery in Southlake, Keller, or Fort Worth, TX.
Types of Breast Augmentation Scars
Noticeable scars are a frequent fear among breast augmentation patients. In order to solve these problems, Dr. Rumalla will carefully choose which types of incisions to use based on what will produce the least scarring and what types of implants are being used. There are several types of incisions used in breast augmentations, and each will lead to different types of scars.
Inframammary incisions during breast augmentations are made under the breast fold. This method highly popular among breast augmentation patients because:
- The scar blends in with the natural fold of the breast
- The incision is compatible for both silicone and saline implants
- This area allows for longer incisions
- Scarring is not detectable when wearing most types of clothing
Another popular breast augmentation incision is the transaxillary incision. These incisions are hidden in the armpit and are popular because they:
- Are hidden in the natural fold of the armpit
- Leave no scars on the breast
- Can be used for both saline and silicone implants
A periareolar incision is made around the outer edge of your areolas. The areolas help camouflage the periareolar breast augmentation incisions and any resulting scars. Some benefits of this method are:
- Scars can be disguised easily due to the darker color of the areolas
- Implants can be placed very precisely
- Future revision surgeries are easier to make
Transumbilical incisions are made around the edge of the belly button. The implants are inserted in a rolled-up position then filled once they are in position. If you are interested in saline implants, a transumbilical incision may be right for you due to the fact:
- The procedure can be much shorter than with other incisions
- The scar is hidden in the navel, making it almost invisible
Everybody’s bodies and personal goals are different, so incision sites are also different. Dr. Rumalla will go over your options before surgery to help you decide which type of incision is right for you.
Will Breast Augmentation Scarring Ever Go Away?
Scars can take several months or up to a year to heal and lighten. All patients heal differently. Scar healing factors depend on:
- Skin color
- Skin type
- Incision location
- Patient’s age
- Topical treatments used
At-Home Treatments for Reducing Scar Appearance
Even if you are worried about breast augmentation scars, be patient with yourself. Time is the best medicine for wound recovery. Some things that you can do to decrease your scar healing time are:
- Not smoke before and after the procedure
- Protect yourself from the sun
- Eat healthy foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Follow Dr. Rumalla’s post-plastic surgery plan
Talk to Us about Your Scarring Concerns
If you are curious about cosmetic enhancement, like breast augmentation, call (817) 334-0030 or message us at Tarrant Plastic Surgery. At three locations in Fort Worth, Southlake, and Keller, Dr. Rumalla and his hard-working, educated staff are ready to answer your questions about breast augmentation scars.