All surgeries result in some degree of scarring, and breast augmentation is no exception. Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Harrell makes a concerted effort to minimize your scarring, and he will strategically place your breast augmentation incisions in a location that will ensure the scars are as discreet as possible.
There are a variety of factors that will impact your level of scarring following breast augmentation:
- Skin type
- Skin health
- Breast implant type
- Breast implant incision location
- Overall health
- Diet and lifestyle choices
- How closely you follow Dr. Harrell’s post-operative instructions
Fort Lauderdale breast surgeon Dr. Harrell will discuss all of these factors with you in great detail at your breast augmentation consultation.
Breast Augmentation Incision Location and Scarring
Your choice of breast augmentation incision location will significantly impact your scarring. Dr. Harrell offers three breast augmentation incision options:
The inframammary incision location is the most common option, especially for patients choosing silicone breast implants. It is placed in the crease underneath the breast where the breast tissue meets your chest. Your scar will be concealed nicely underneath the breast and will lighten as you heal.
The periareolar incision is made around the areola. The scar around your areola will heal well and the change in color around the nipple will effectively conceal your scar. As you heal, the scar will lighten and become even more discrete.
The transaxillary incision is placed in the armpit and is used only with saline breast implants. While this incision option allows for a scar that is located away from your breast, it is also the most noticeable to others. For this reason, Dr. Harrell does not generally recommend this incision option.
For additional information, please read our Questions about Breast Augmentation page.
Minimizing your Breast Augmentation Scars
Dr. Harrell will go over what to expect from your breast augmentation and give you detailed after-care instructions which should be diligently followed during the recovery period to ensure that your scars heal properly.
There are several steps you can take to facilitate the healing process and minimize your scarring. Dr. Harrell will give you a special bra to wear that will increase comfort and provide extra support so that the weight of your breasts will not pull on your incisions. You should also avoid stretching or pulling on your incisions while they heal since this can prevent your scars from healing properly.
It is best to avoid smoking for at least two weeks prior to your breast augmentation procedure and throughout your recovery period. Smoking can adversely impact the healing process and reduce the blood flow to your skin cells. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to ensure that your breast augmentation scars heal properly.
Please contact The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery today to schedule your initial breast augmentation consultation. Dr. Jon Harrell serves patients in Miami, Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, and Davie, Florida.