Breast Implants Scars- How to improve your Breast Implant Scar


Before and after photo breast augmentation

Before and after Breast Augmentation for small breast after pregnancy

Are you thinking about breast implants but afraid of the scars? Have you had a breast augmentation and are wondering how to improve the look of your incision site. There are many tips that you can use to improve the look of your incision after surgery.

Usually the Breast Augmentation or Implant incision site is very well concealed and most form a small white line after healing. However initially during the first 6 weeks after surgery, the incision line can appear red and lumpy. This is usually normal healing but there are many steps you can take to improve the final outcome.

If you already have a wound problem there are many new treatments that can improve the end result. Understand that all surgical incisions are pink on average for 7 months and most all of them are white by two years.

The following scar care tips will help you achieve the best result:

Gently massage your incision starting at about 14 days after your breast implant surgery. Use a lubricating cream or moisturizer that contains Aloe and Vitamin E to avoid friction and gently massage or rub in a circular motion twice a day. Remember, be gentle, do not force lumps down, you could break a deep stitch that will dissolve in time. Continue this until the wound is smooth without lumps or uneven areas. This can take 6 to 12 weeks.
• Use a Topical Skin Solution. I have found Scar Guard the only one effective in my practice. The best ones contain a silicone solution.
Avoid Under-wire Bras or tight fitting bras. Rubbing and irritation will make your incision red and swollen.
Avoid sun exposure. Direct sun exposure on a new incision will cause inflammation and redness. Be careful wearing a bikini as some allow sun to get through. Avoid direct sun on the incision site for at least a year.
Eat Healthy. A diet rich in Colored Vegetables and Antioxidant containing foods plus supplemental Vitamin C will support wound healing.
Avoid very strenuous exercises and lifting for the first few weeks after surgery. These activities put stress on the incision. Stress on the incision stimulates the body to produce more scar tissue and causes irritation and redness.
Avoid skin Irritation. If your clothing is causing irritation of the incision place a soft sponge or cotton over the area to protect it.
See your Plastic Surgeon at regular intervals-2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months to evaluate the progress of your scar. If trouble is brewing, early intervention to correct a problem is essential.

How to correct problem scars after Breast Augmentation

Although most Breast Implant incisions heal well occasionally problems can occur. Incision sites that are red and raised are called Hypertrophic. If your wound is red raised, lumpy or irritated there are interventions that your Physician can do to help you:
Steroid injections have been used for many years and will reduce Hypertrophic tissue and lessen redness. However prolonged use of Steroid Injection can cause atrophy of the fat beneath the skin and result in a depression in the skin, and excessive blood vessels can grow in the overlying skin. Injections should be 6 weeks apart and no more than 2 or 3 sessions.
• Steroid Containing Skin Tape can be applied to a red raised incision usually on for 24-36 hours and off for 12 hours for no longer than 6 weeks.
• IPL or Intense Pulsed light is very effective at reducing the redness in wounds. Usually 3-4 treatments 6 weeks apart are required. Today I prefer this therapy over steroids because of the potential steroid side effects.
1540 Non ablative Fractional Erbium Laser treatments are very effective at smoothing and flattening raised lumpy incision sites. Typically 4-5 treatments 6 weeks apart are used.

Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure which produces happy results for many women. Using these scar care tips will help you achieve the best results.

If you are planning to have breast augmentation be sure to consult an experienced surgeon Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The expertise and skill of your surgeon is the most important factor in determining the quality of your final result.

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