The scars after breast augmentation are small, usually about 3-4 cm in length. They can be shorter if saline implants are inserted, since these implants are inserted deflated, and then once inside, they are filled with saline. Breast augmentation scars are slightly longer when silicone gel implants are inserted, but these are still quote small.
Breast augmentation scar location depends on how the breast implant is inserted. The most common incision used to insert breast implants is underneath the breast within the fold. This incision gives the most direct access to place the implant underneath the pectoralis muscle. Sometimes, however, a scar around the areola is used. This scar is usually used when the augmentation is combined with a breast lift operation. Finally, the scar can also be hidden in a crease in the underarm (armpit) area.
The scars after breast augmentation heal very nicely. All scars go through a remodeling process that can take a few months. The redness fades with time and these scars are usually hardly visible. Breast augmentation scars are under little tension and therefore are at low risk of becoming hypertrophic or keloid.
We suggest that every patient use SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel. This is a silicone-based scar cream that also contains centella asiatica, a natural herbal that accelerates scar remodeling. We instruct patients to start using the scar cream about two weeks after the breast augmentation.
In addition to a scar cream, massage of scars helps them become flatter, smoother, and softer. This is started a few weeks after the breast augmentation. We recommend massaging the scar cream into the scars.
If you are interested in hearing more about breast augmentation, please contact our Fairfield County, Connecticut plastic surgery practice today by calling (203) 374-0310 for an appointment.