How to Reduce the Appearance of Scars After Breast Augmentation
As you get a look that you love, it’s important to keep in mind that any surgical procedure will result in some degree of scarring from incisions. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the appearance of scarring with breast augmentation surgery, especially if you work with a board certified plastic surgeon who instructs you on aftercare. The advanced technologies and procedures of today create smaller and subtler incisions than ever before. Still, there are many ways to minimize scar appearance after your breast augmentation surgery. These include:
- Following your surgeon’s advice. After your breast augmentation surgery, your surgeon will give you specific instructions concerning post-operative care. By following these instructions, you’re not only minimizing risk of infection or complication, but also reducing the appearance of scarring.
- Vitamin E Oil, Mederma, or Silicone Sheeting. These topical products may help soften scars and reduce their appearance. It’s crucial to wait until the incision has healed before attempting to apply these ointments/topicals for scar management. The sooner you can start applying these after healing, the better the effect will be.
- Massage. Stimulating the area by gentle massage and pressure on your scar increases the circulation and helps soften the scar tissue, which helps improve scarred skin.
- Giving it time. Even if you follow your surgeon’s advice and add ointments to help with scarring, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Scarring is a natural process of healing and can take time to see improvements. Final appearance of scars can take up to six months to a year.
Even if you follow all of these tips, it is inevitable that there will still be some scarring after you’re fully recovered from your breast augmentation surgery. While most scars properly treated over time become unnoticeable or minimal, there may be a situation where you want to have a scar revised.
Fortunately, scar revision surgery makes it possible to embrace your appearance by making the scar area more accurately blend in with the surrounding skin. If you are physically healthy, don’t smoke, and don’t have any other skin diseases, it may be possible to embark on this highly individualized procedure. Working with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon such as Isidoros Moraitis, M.D., F.A.C.S. at Moraitis Plastic Surgery will ensure that you are proud of your natural beauty and appearance.