One of the most common questions that patients ask before getting breast augmentation is, “Will there be scarring, and if so, what will the scars look like?” Because breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, scarring is an inevitable part of the procedure. That said, there are lots of ways to reduce scarring and make it less noticeable.
Location of Breast Augmentation Scars – The location of your breast augmentation scars will be determined by the placement of the incisions that your surgeon will make in order to place your implants inside the breast pocket. Incisions are typically made below the breast along the inframammary fold (breast crease), around the areola, through the armpit and sometimes in the navel. During a physical examination and consultation in Annandale, Dr. Nickodem will go over your options and make a professional recommendation for you.
Breast Augmentation Scar Appearance – During your breast augmentation recovery, it’s important to remember that scars can take up to 18 months to fully heal and mature. This means you might notice that your scars appear to be getting worse before they look better. Most breast augmentation scars will appear red or pink and slightly raised until they begin to heal and become less noticeable over time.
Ways to Minimize Scarring – The good news is that there are several things you can do before and after your surgery to help accelerate healing and minimize the appearance of your breast augmentation scars. These include:
- Avoiding smoking for several weeks before and after your procedure
- Staying out of the sun and wearing sunscreen
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet and drinking plenty of water
- Following Dr. Nickodem’s post-op guidelines regarding physical activity after breast augmentation
In the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, breast augmentation scars can be very easily hidden and should heal nicely over time. To find out more about your breast augmentation options, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., today at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule a consultation.