How to Minimize and Care for Breast Implant Scars

Breast augmentation surgery will always result in some scarring, but an experienced surgeon such as Dr. John W. Tyrone can use refined techniques to keep these scars minimal and easily concealed. He will always explain where your incision will be made and how the type and size of implant you choose will determine the size of the incision. He takes great care to minimize scars, and provide instructions for keeping them as discreet as possible. Dr. Tyrone can answer all your questions about breast implant scars during a consultation at his Jacksonville, FL, office. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.

Illustration of various breast augmentation surgery scars

Incision Sites

There are three incision site options:

  • Inframammary Incision: This incision is made just below the breast fold, where the breast meets the body. 
  • Periareolar Incision: The incision will be made around the areola. Any scarring from this incision is practically invisible, as it typically blends well with the color of the surrounding tissue. Periareolar incisions are not always feasible if the areola is small.
  • Transaxillary Incision: The implant is inserted through an incision in the armpit, and guided through subcutaneous fat to the breast. This method results in no scarring in the breast area, making it a preferred option for many women.

Dr. Tyrone can make a recommendation for the best incision choice based on your desired results, the type and size of implant you choose, and your unique body type. He will thoroughly explain the recovery involved and what scarring you can expect following your surgery.

Saline Implants vs. Silicone Implants

Your choice of implant also impacts the scarring you can expect. Patients who choose saline implants will typically have smaller scars because the implant is filled after placement. Pure silicone implants are completely filled when inserted, and require a larger incision, resulting in larger scars.

During a consultation, Dr. Tyrone can provide expert recommendations regarding the best incision techniques for your body type, take time to answer all your questions, and provide instructions for minimizing scars.

Reducing Scarring

It is vital to follow all the instructions for follow-up care provided by Dr. Tyrone to make breast augmentation scars less noticeable. After surgery your tissue will require time to heal, and any undue stress can increase your risk of pronounced scarring, as well as other more serious complications. Dr. Tyrone can also recommend some topical treatments to minimize the appearance of and soften scars. Additionally, it is important to avoid exposing your incision sites to sunlight. Sun exposure can make otherwise subdued scars become more apparent. Most scars will be completely covered by your swimsuit, but if any scars remain exposed, use plenty of high-SPF sunscreen to avoid sun damage.

As always, patients are advised to avoid any trauma to the breasts after receiving implants in order to maintain the best long-term results.

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During a consultation, Dr. Tyrone can provide expert recommendations regarding the best incision techniques for your body type, take time to answer all your questions, and provide instructions for minimizing scars. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tyrone, contact us today.

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