Can breast augmentation scarring be avoided?
What type of scarring should I expect from a breast augmentation? Are there different ways for the implant to be put in to avoid scarring?
The most common surgical approach to breast augmentation is an incision in the natural crease under the breast. The incision typically is between 2 and 2 1/2 inches in length. The quality of the scar depends upon a number of factors, the type of closure (layered closure with no tension on the skin works best) and previous scarring history. Some people have a tendency to form keloids or thickened scars. This is a genetic tendency, but measures can be taken to mitigate the severity of keloiding. Avoiding sun exposure and tanning beds is also helpful. The only clinically proven measure to minimize scarring and leave the most favorable, (flat, linear, thin) is silicone gel sheeting. This is applied directly on the incision typically at two weeks to give the incision time to heal. Treatment time typically several months. In the vast majority of cases a breast augmentation scar is thin and fades with time and is barely noticeable.
Dr. J. Michael Morrissey has 1 Breast augmentation before & after:
Hi. Although scarring cannot be completely avoided, it can be done very discreetly. The scars can be made very small and in inconspicuous locations.. Any board-certified plastic surgeon can certainly discuss the three most common locations for scars so that you can choose which would be most acceptable to you. Best of luck!
Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 17 Breast Augmentation before & afters: