Oct 30 2013

Scars After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast Augmentation Scars Bethesda, Maryland

Scars After Breast Augmentation SurgeryIf you want to look your absolute best, there are many different things that you can do: eat right, stay active, stay hydrated, and keep your skin protected from the sun. But doing all that can't address one aesthetic issue that some women have: the shape and size of the breasts. Thankfully there are many different plastic surgery options out there that can enhance and improve breast shape and size. One such surgery is breast augmentation (aka breast enlargement).

We receive many questions from prospective patients about how the surgery is performed and what scarring should be expected after a patient recovers. Let's take a moment to consider these matters right now.

About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Some brief basics before we look at incision options and scars. Breast augmentation surgery involves the careful surgical placement of saline, silicone, or cohesive gel implants into the breast area. By doing this, patients will be able to have the size, shape, and overall appearance of their breasts greatly enhanced.

Is scarring common during breast augmentation?

Scarring is common after any surgery, and so breast augmentation is no exception. With this in mind, however, it should be noted that plastic surgeons always do their best to make the scars as small and unnoticeable as possible.

There are different ways to perform the beast augmentation surgery based on the needs of the patient. Let's look at where scars are located in the four common incision methods.

Incision Method #1 - Inframammary Breast Augmentation Surgery

Inframammary breast augmentation surgery involves incisions located along the underside crease of the breasts where they meet the chest. This incision method can be used to place all three kinds of breast implants.

Incision Method #2 - Periareolar Breast Augmentation Surgery

Periareolar breast augmentation surgery involves incisions located around the areola, the darker bit of skin that surrounds the nipples. As with inframammary breast augmentation, all three kinds of breast implants can be placed using this incision method.

Incision Method #3 - Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery

Transaxillary breast augmentation surgery involves incisions that are located in the armpit area. These incisions are harder to spot than the two kinds of incisions located on or around the breast itself. Due to the nature of the incision site, only saline breast implants can be placed through this kind of augmentation surgery.

Incision Method #4 - Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) Surgery

Transumbilical breast augmentation surgery (or TUBA) involves incisions that are located in the belly button. These incisions are very hard to notice given how tucked away they are from view. As with the transaxillary breast augmentation surgery, only saline breast implants can be placed through this kind of augmentation surgery due to the nature of the incision site.

Other Concerns About Post-Surgical Scarring

Patients should note that the nature and kind of scarring that they experience after surgery is often defined by genetics and skin type. For the most part, the breast augmentation incisions will fade with time and scarring will be less noticeable.

Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery and how it can help you achieve your various aesthetic goals, be sure to contact our Bethesda cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team is eager to meet you in person and help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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