If you are contemplating breast augmentation, it is likely that you have questions or possibly concerns about the surgical scars. Many women wonder where the scars are located and how noticeable they will look once they have healed.
Like most of today’s finest plastic surgeons, Dr. A.J. Khalil uses advanced techniques to minimize noticeable scarring. He wants to reassure you that you can still enjoy the benefits of breast augmentation without feeling self-conscious of large, visible scars.
The placement of the surgical incisions directly correlates with how noticeable the scarring will be. Positioning the incisions in the natural creases or transitions of the skin tends to result in more discreet scarring.
One option is for Dr. Khalil to place the implants through inframammary incisions, located in the crease where the natural breast meets the top of the rib cage. Full, shapely breasts dip slightly below the inframammary fold, naturally concealing scars.
Another option is to place the implants through an incision created at the edge of the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). The resulting scars blend into the existing difference in tone between the areola and breast skin.
A third option is to create the incisions in the armpits, eliminating the possibility of any scarring on the breasts themselves.
Tips to Minimize Scarring after Breast Augmentation
Initially after surgery, breast augmentation scars may look red or pink and slightly raised. How well and how fast the scars heal is partially dependent on factors such as your age, skin tone and genetics.
But there are steps you can take that may help minimize scarring. For example, Dr. Khalil recommends you do the following:
- Avoid smoking
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid exposing your incisions and scars to the sun or a tanning bed
- Follow his instructions regarding pre- and post-operative care
Dr. Khalil can also talk to you about possible scar management techniques such as vitamin E, silicone sheeting or laser treatments.
The Bottom Line on Scarring
Ultimately, one of the best things you can do to ensure breast augmentation scars fade well is choose your surgeon carefully. A qualified, experienced surgeon will use techniques to ensure small, discreet scars.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Khalil to discuss your breast augmentation options, please call or email our office today.