One of the biggest concerns of patients before getting breast surgery is breast augmentation scars. Continue reading if you want advice for scar care after breast surgery by an expert in breast implants in Perth.
What is breast augmentation?
This cosmetic surgery procedure is also known as augmentation mammoplasty. It focuses on the overall improvement of the breasts. Breast augmentation is meant to make the shape, size, and positioning of the breasts more proportional and aesthetically pleasing.
What kind of scars will I have after the surgery?
The location of the incisions will be best determined by your surgeon. They will examine the best place to insert the implants so that it will fit inside the breast pocket. The scars that you will have will depend on where the surgeon decides the incisions are going to be.
The most common incision location would be created to follow the natural curves of your breasts. This incision technique is called the inframammary incision. These scars will be fairly easy to hide. They would barely be noticeable under a bikini top.
Another type of incision is called the periareolar incision which is made by tracing the lower half of the patient’s areolas. The scarring would be even less visible with this incision but then the surgical accuracy might be lessened and the positioning of the implants might not be as good.
What will the scars look like?
As the scars heal, the patient should expect them to look much worse before they look better and lighten up. It usually takes around a year to 18 months before scars will be fully healed, and the look of these scars can keep changing up to this point in time. The scars will usually look red or pink until they are fully healed.
The scars will lighten and become less noticeable over time, but you have to take care not to scratch them or get too much sun exposure to make sure that you do not get too tanned, making your scars more visible. This is true for any scars, not just the ones that are a result of plastic surgery.
Is there a way to make the scars look lighter?
The good news is that you can prevent scars from becoming more noticeable than they already are.
Avoid too much exposure to sunlight. While vitamin D is healthy, getting too much of it or wearing too much sunscreen can be bad for your scars. If you get too much sunlight, your scars will be more noticeable.
Avoid smoking. Smoking affects the skin, so if you avoid smoking at least for a few weeks after the surgery, your scars will be able to heal better.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Getting good and nutritious food into your system will promote healing.
Follow the guidelines of your surgeon. Your cosmetic surgeon will give you a guide on what you can do to make sure that your scar not only heals in a way that makes it less conspicuous but would keep the incision free from infection.