Many women are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their breasts. Some have gone the extra mile and underwent cosmetic surgery for it, while some are still contemplating if breast augmentation would really be the cosmetic procedure for them. To make sure you understand all things about this cosmetic surgery option, let us tackle one of the consequences of undergoing breast enhancement surgery, your breast augmentation scars.
Breast augmentation scars: What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation or mammoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reshapes and increases the size and shape of your breasts using either breast implants or transferring your body fat from different parts of your body to your breasts. It is a tried-and-tested way toward a more healthy-looking and eye-catching upper body.
Breast augmentation scars: How would my scars look like?
If your breast enhancement surgery uses the fat transfer approach, scars should be the least of your worries since it is possible that no scars may be visible after the procedure. Very tiny incisions are made around your breasts during this procedure, just enough to accommodate the thin cannula that transfers the fats to your breasts.
Meanwhile, the breast implants – made of either silicone or saline – are inserted to fit the breast pocket through small incisions strategically located on inconspicuous parts of the breasts or neighbouring body parts like the armpit or the navel. Since the type of implant placement affects your breast augmentation scars, discuss with your surgeon all your concerns so he can guide you and let you choose which insertion location would work best for you.
Breast augmentation scars: Tips on how to care for them
Everyone who undergoes a cosmetic surgery procedure doesn’t want anything that would tell that they have been artificially enhanced. They want the results to look natural and having scars not only blows their cover, but it also affects the appearance of their cosmetic enhancement. Here are some tips on how to minimise the appearance of your breast augmentation scars.
Use the correct type of bra
For the first few weeks, you are instructed to wear surgical bras to add support and protection to your newly-shaped breasts. Continue using this type of bra until your surgeon allows you to wear more comfortable and stylish ones like balconette, bandeau, contour, or convertible. These bra types accentuate the shape of your body but still provide support to the breasts. Wearing a push-up or wired bra during the first few months post-surgery is a no-no since the material may rub against the scar and irritate the skin, which may cause the worsening of its appearance.
Apply scar-minimising creams
Your plastic surgeon would advise you to moisturise your breasts especially if the wounds are already closed and scabs have already formed on top of the scars. There are so many creams for scar removal available in the market, but it is still best to heed your surgeon’s recommendations as to what topical solutions to use. He may typically recommend creams that have silicone in it since this component hydrates the scar and makes it look flatter and softer to the touch. Scar minimising creams can also contain antibacterial ingredients so that infection may be avoided.
Gently massage the area
Gently massaging your breast with essential oils (like rosehip oil) and creams can help even out and smoothen scars. After the wound scabs have disappeared, carefully knead the area to flatten out the scars and to increase the blood flow to the breasts, expediting healing.
Keep your breast augmentation scars clean, dry, and out of the light
It is essential to keep the wounds clean to prevent infection. To do that, one must make sure to keep it dry and away from sunlight. It is advisable to avoid sun tanning until your wound is healed. The sun’s UV rays can make a scar look dark and pigmented. So, if you want to bask in the sun, it is a must to use a high SPF sunscreen.
Time and again, we would always remind everyone that it is vital to follow your plastic surgeon’s wound care and postoperative instructions to minimise scarring, as well as provide tips for recovery and healing. Though scars are inevitable and it is impossible to make them disappear, we hope that these tips can help you make them as unnoticeable as possible.