If you have made the decision to undergo a breast augmentation, congratulations! A breast augmentation can be a huge leap for women who are ready to feel confident about their shape and size. Whether you want to increase the size of your chest or even out asymmetrical breasts, it is probably an understatement to say that you are excited for your upcoming procedure.
However, there is one question that many patients have before undergoing surgery: “What will the scars be like after my breast augmentation?”
First of all, it is important to note that breast augmentation surgery does require a scar, however these can be hidden in such a way that they are not noticeable, even when wearing a bikini or bra. The best incisions to accomplish this goal are periareolar (around the areola) and inframammary (underneath the breast). These incisions are ideal because:
- They are located closer to the lower edge of the muscle
- They provide easier access for the plastic surgeon
- They result in less trauma to the nipple area
- There is a decreased risk for capsular contracture
When the incision is placed underneath the breast, along the inframammary fold, the new shape of the breast hangs over the scar. This means that you will not be able to see the surgical scar unless you lift up the breast. With regards to the periareolar incision, it is very important to find an experienced plastic surgeon who can place the incision in such a way that the scarring is not visible. Patients must also talk to their surgeon about the potential risk of capsular contracture (the formation of hard scar tissue around the breast implant).
Are you looking for a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation surgery, and can place the incisions in a way that minimize the appearance of scarring? If so, schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Doherty at his plastic surgery practices in downtown Boston (Newbury Street) or in Brookline, MA. (617) 450-0070. Dr. Doherty specializes in minimizing the appearance of breast augmentation scars with meticulously placed incisions, as well as specialized treatments that are performed after surgery, including laser skin resurfacing and noninvasive microneedling treatments, ideal for even faster scar healing.