Reduce Breast Augmentation Scars with these Tips
Breast augmentation can address small, asymmetrical, or sagging breasts by placing silicone or saline implants under breast tissue or muscle. Many of our patients say that breast augmentation surgery enhances their bustline and self-confidence.
Dr. Ken Smart will work with your natural features to minimize scarring after breast augmentation. Following your cosmetic surgery in Frisco, TX, the steps outlined in this blog post should be followed closely to reduce the risk of complications that can impede scar healing. Dr. Smart also serves patients in Plano, TX, and across North Texas.
What Will My Scars Look Like?
The location of your scars will depend on the type and size of your implant, the natural features of your breasts, your cosmetic goals, and other factors. Dr. Smart places implants through three possible locations.
The periareolar approach is very popular due to its discreet results. The incision follows the natural curvature of the nipple. Another concealed location is under the natural folds of the breasts. This type of placement is known as the inframammary incision. Both types of scars will be hidden behind garments and bikinis. Women who do not want any incision placed on their breasts may be candidates for the transaxillary incision. The procedure uses an incision that is made in the armpit.
Tips for Reducing Scars after Surgery
Dr. Smart has a reputation for delivering amazing cosmetic results. One of his top priorities will be minimizing scars following surgery. Patients can play an active role in reducing the prominence of their scars by following these simple steps.
Follow Your Recovery Guidelines
The single most important step you can take to prevent scars is to lower your risk of complications. Excessive swelling, infections, and other complications can lead to impaired healing and poor scar tissue healing. Your recovery guidelines will include advice on which bra types are safe to wear while you heal and other useful tips.
Reduce Sun Exposure
Excessive sun exposure is generally unhealthy for the skin. UV radiation can lead to swelling and increased bleeding during the first few days of your procedure. Protect your incisions from direct exposure to sunlight by wearing appropriate clothing and avoiding excessive sun exposure.
Scar tissue does not tan like non-scar tissue. Once your incisions heal, you should protect your incisions with SPF 30 sunscreen whenever possible.
Regularly Massage Your Breasts
Massaging your breasts may not be your first thought during recovery, but daily massages promote blood flow to your breasts. The daily routine can also lower your risk of developing capsular contracture, an undesirable complication that causes the implant to feel hard and painful to touch.
Apply Topical Products
There’s a huge market for topical agents that claim to reduce scarring. Some products deliver uneven results at best. Dr. Smart or a member of our plastic surgery team will gladly provide you with recommendations.
Give It Time
The best tool for reducing scars is the body’s natural healing process. At first, your scars will appear darker than nearby skin. Over the months following your surgery, the prominence of your scars will subside as the scar tissue begins blending in with the color and texture of surrounding tissue.
Enhance Your Bustline with Natural-looking Results
Breast augmentation can deliver breasts that appear more youthful and better proportioned. If you are interested in learning more about how breast augmentation can enhance your bustline, please contact our office online or by calling (972) 334-0400.