Breast augmentations are designed to improve and enhance the appearance of the breasts but, like any surgical procedure, there is always the potential for scarring to occur. While advancements in surgical techniques and the expertise of your surgeon work to reduce the appearance of scarring, there are also things you can do to help reduce scarring after breast augmentation. These are some of the most effective scar-minimization tips to help you reduce any appearance of scars.
Follow After-Care Instructions and Recovery
First, the most important step to breast augmentation scar reduction is following the after-care instructions provided by your surgeon. This can include everything from wearing specific garments during recovery, avoiding smoking, and following a healthy diet that includes plenty of water. You must also understand that the scar you see now will not be what it is in the future. Scars take time to heal and will gradually fade over time. It can take up to a year for a scar to take on its permanent appearance.
Silicone sheets are soft wound dressings that contain an elastic form of silicone. Applied to a completely healed incision, these dressings can help soften the skin around the incision and reduce and flatten the forming scar.
Your surgeon may recommend the application of a topical ointment or cream, such as cortisone or vitamin E. You can apply these products directly to the incision area after it has completely healed in an effort to soften the skin and minimize scar tissue.
After your incisions heal, gently massaging the area helps to soften the scar tissue as well as help to improve circulation to the healing skin. Doing this daily during your breast augmentation recovery can help to keep the skin soft and help avoid a firm, raised scar from developing.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Avoid exposing your incision area to the sun and ultraviolet light. This exposure can increase scar formation, as well as lead to potential hyper-pigmentation. This is especially important during your healing process.
Thanks to today’s breast augmentation techniques, the presence of scars is often minimized and following these tips can help further keep your skin soft and supple and help avoid the appearance of any scarring. Dr. Drew Davis and his team are here to help answer any additional questions you may have about breast augmentation and treating potential scars. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.