Breast augmentation is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery as more than 30% of the women in the country are unhappy with their current breast size. While cosmetic surgery is not considered medically necessary is most instances, nonetheless it does require a licensed surgeon with experience and skill to navigate the human body, re-sculpting it to the desired shape. Many women have concerns around what type of breast augmentation scar tissue they may be left with after the surgery.
Breast Augmentation Scars: What To Expect
The type of breast augmentation scar you have depends on the method of entry your surgeon uses. There are three common points of entry for this surgery: around the areola, under the breast, or under the arm. Most surgeons choose the under the breast method because it is closest to the point of resting for implants and if it heals well, it is hardly noticeable.
The skill of your surgeon will directly affect how much scarring you have, no matter the entry point. This is why it is very important to choose a surgeon who is well versed in sculpting breasts and implanting new pieces, since you want to have as few scars as possible. Smaller scars also mean less recovery time, which is vitally important in today’s fast paced world.
Types of Breast Augmentation Scarring
Since it is inevitable that you will have some form of scarring, understanding the types of scars that occur most often with these forms of surgery will help you prepare both physically and psychologically for your recovery. Scars are formed from collagen used to fill any wound in the body. The more excess collagen the body uses, the thicker and more noticeable the scar becomes.
As you can imagine, larger wounds produce more collagen so they are more noticeable. This is why many surgeons try to perform the procedure with as few cuts as possible, to reduce scarring and recovery times.
The two main types of scarring that occur with any breast augmentation surgery are hypertropic and keloid scars. Keloid scars the most common type of scar to arise from this type of surgery, but the type depends highly on the procedure used and, of course, the skill of the surgeon. Keloid scars are an extreme build up of collagen that causes a raised bump. This scar extends beyond the wound, where as normal wounds usually have an indentation where the wound occurred.
Hypertropic scars are more rare because of the type of incision used to make, but they are much more noticeable due to being much thicker than keloid scars. These are much more noticeable, so when speaking of scarring with your surgeon, ask what types the incision he plans on making in your body are known to make. Keloid scars are much easier to conceal than hypertropic scars.
The Road To Recovery
Because your procedure produces scarring, this does not mean you have to live with it day in and day out. The amount of scarring that remains after the surgery will depend on your overall health and your genetic make up. There are things you can do to help minimize the appearance of scars and protect your body while you recover from the surgery.
If you are a smoker, you should reconsider lighting up in the days after your surgery, because this can reduce your body’s ability to heal properly, which in turn can increase the scarring you experience with your procedure.
Aside from this, applying sunscreen regularly to the scar can help diminish the appearance of scarring. The chemicals contained in the sunscreen help reduce further damage to the skin and start the healing process so that any scars that have formed will be much smaller. Daily application of sunscreen areas of the body that do not get much sun, like under the breast, is very important to help aid the process of recovery.
If you do experience excessive scarring to the point it makes you uncomfortable not only aesthetic-wise but physically, you may want to seek medical treatment in helping remove the scar tissue. Small treatments that consist of injecting liquid into the scar tissue can help break it down relatively easily, but if you have severe scarring, excision may be the only option.This procedure will completely remove all of the scar tissue and create a fresh wound that will need to be healed again.
As with any cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation is nothing to be taken lightly. Choosing your surgeon wisely will determine how much scar tissue you have, so speak with your surgeon about what to expect. You will also need to take your medical history into account, as well as the type of incision your surgeon plans on making, so that you can better understand how breast augmentation scars occur, and what you can do to minimize their effects during your recovery.
Breast Augmentation Laser Scar Treatment
As we have discussed, scars are inevitable but will likely fade greatly over time, usually a year or so. If you are still unhappy with your breast augmentation scar after a year then you discuss with your doctor undergoing laser scar treatment. There are many different types of laser scar treatment but they all function roughly the same and that is the laser light will vaporize a light layer of skin across the top of the scar. It may take many treatments to fade your breast augmentation scar or it could only take one. It depends on the person.
Other Breast Augmentation Scar Treatments
If you are not open to the idea of laser scar treatment then you have some other options as well including cryosurgery and chemical injections that are designed to soften and fade the scar tissues. The viability of these breast augmentation scar treatments is up for debate so we would suggest that you discuss with your doctor and see which treatment they recommend. They have inevitably seen someone in your situation before and could give you some good advice.