When a woman undergoes surgery for a breast augmentation or any type of plastic surgery procedure, part and parcel of the entire experience is the scarring that results from surgical incisions.
As every one of our patients is different, there is no way to precisely tell exactly how scars will appear after surgery.
Much of this is dependent on the size and location of incisions, lifestyle habits such as smoking, skin type, and the occurrence of complications during or after surgery.
In instances where a breast lift is performed in combination with breast implants, additional visible scars will be present.
Anatomy of a Surgery Scar
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process of a wound or incision of any kind. Sensing injury, the body responds with an increased production of collagen, subsequently forming scar tissue in the area where the trauma occurred.
In addition to the production of collagen is also the creation of collagenase, a naturally occurring enzyme. This enzyme interacts with collagen, and depending on this interaction, a scar can sometimes become thick and raised (hypertrophic) or form into a keloid. Keloids are scars that look like red, raised nodules and are more likely to form in patients with darker complexions.
Although we perform each procedure with great precision and care, scars are inevitable following any surgery (aside from our no scar breast augmentation). And while the scars usually fade significantly over time, they rarely disappear completely.
Help with the Healing Process
Immediately following breast augmentation surgery scars may appear at their worst. Here are some tips we’ve picked up over the many years we’ve been helping patients minimize scarring after plastic surgery:
- To help scars to fade naturally, it is recommended that the patient avoid direct sun exposure to the area of scarring.
- UV rays, although they feel great on the skin, may promote permanent discoloration of collagen in the skin, thus actually darkening scars.
- Should you decide to spend time outdoors after plastic surgery, apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or higher directly to scars, and reapply every two hours while in the sun.
- Perhaps one of the best traits to have after cosmetic surgery of any kind is patience. The body needs time to return to its healthiest state, and scars take time to fade away.
- The healing process of scars includes several stages, during which time this tissue may appear red and swollen. Scars may appear this way for several months.
- Over time, this skin will flatten out and become lighter in color, but the entire process of scar healing could take up to two full years to complete.
Precision Plastic Surgery to Minimize Scarring
Through our years of training and experience, we always utilize precise skill and technique when making incisions. In this way, we are able to minimize scarring as much as possible.
Following plastic surgery, there may be topical remedies that can be used. To determine what is the latest and most-effective product we can recommend, please speak to our staff or your specific surgeon before getting breast enhancement surgery.
Contact our centers for breast enhancement in Manhattan or Long Island, NY to schedule a free consultation with our team today.
We also highly recommend reading our most popular blog post about the four types of breast augmentation incisions by clicking here.
To a More Beautiful Scar After Surgery,
The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team