Breast enlargement scars are an unfortunate side effect of most surgical augmentation procedures. The amount of scar tissue which will be left behind is determined by several factors, including the patient’s bodily disposition, the surgeon’s skill and the quality of postoperative care. Understanding why breast scarring occurs will help to prevent it.
In addition, in the event of scarring, there are effective methods of reducing or eliminating visible scars from the body. These modalities can save women from from unwanted marks, which might otherwise ruin ideal surgical results.
Varieties of Breast Enlargement Scars
The location of potential scarring is determined by the surgical approach chosen by the patient. During every breast enlargement operation, the surgeon must gain entrance to the interior of the breasts, in order to position the prostheses.
The location of the incision is sometimes called the entrance wound. There are four primary types of entrance incisions used by today’s breast surgeons:
Periareolar incisions are made around the outer border of the areola. During augmentation procedures, usually only the bottom third, or half, of the areola is cut, providing for placement of the breast prosthesis. Scarring is usually kept to a fine line, which is barely visible.
Inframammary incisions are made in the mammary fold at the bottom of the breast. These incisions have become less popular, since they leave noticeable scars in many cases and can deteriorate the natural breast fold, especially when used in combination with large, heavy implants.
Transaxillary incisions are made through the armpit. Residual scarring is usually unnoticeable, since the cut is made in a natural crease. Most women are thrilled with the hidden scar from this surgical approach.
Transumbilical incisions are placed in the upper inner belly button, making them completely hidden to observation. This is the only scarless approach in the entire cosmetic breast surgery industry, making it the perfect choice for women who really are scared of scarring. Unfortunately, this technique can only be used with saline breast implants, which can be a problem for some women.
Eliminating Breast Scars
For women who do experience unacceptable plastic surgery scarring, there are a variety of modalities which can reduce, fade or even eliminate scarring from almost anywhere on the body.
There are surgical and non-surgical breast scar reduction techniques and products available which can really make a huge difference in creating a better breast aesthetic.
To learn more about these scar reduction options, talk to your plastic surgeon for additional detailed information.
Breast Enlargement Scars Can Be Prevented and Treated
Scarring can usually be prevented by using a talented and careful physician. Plastic and cosmetic surgeons are best known for their ability to create the least visible scar possible from any incision.
Some women might be more prone to developing more noticeable scars. This is especially true of black or dark skinned women and certain Asian skin tones.
If you have ever experienced particularly heavy scarring or keloid formation, make sure to inform your doctor about this experience prior to surgery.
Remember also that the aftercare instructions given to you by your doctor are designed to minimize scarring. Make sure to follow these directions to the letter, to help your body heal without complication.