Breast Augmentation Scars By Michael A. Devlin, MD on November 12, 2019

Breast augmentation incision and scar locationsIf you want to enhance your curves and contours, breast augmentation surgery is a great option. Silicone or saline implants can dramatically enhance your appearance and help you feel more confident about the way you look. Dr. Michael Devlin has performed breast augmentation on countless patients from the Little Rock, Conway, and Hot Springs, AR area.

No two breast augmentation surgeries are the same. It’s extremely customizable, including the surgical incisions that may be used. Let’s look at different breast augmentation incision techniques and then discuss how this affects scarring after surgery.

Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incisions

The inframammary breast augmentation technique involves an incision made on the underside of the breast where the bottom of the breast meets the chest. Through this incision, a plastic surgeon has a great deal of control over the position and placement of the implant. Both silicone and saline breast implants can be placed using this surgical technique.

Periareolar Breast Augmentation Incisions

The perioareolar breast augmentation technique involves an incision made around the areola, which is the patch of skin around the nipple. Through this incision, a plastic surgeon can place either a silicone or saline breast implant.

Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incisions

The transaxillary breast augmentation technique uses a hidden incision to place breast implants. This procedure involves an incision made in the armpit. Through this armpit incision,  surgeons can insert a breast implant, maneuver it into position, and fill the implant once it is in place.

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Incisions

The transumbilical breast augmentation technique is another hidden incision surgical method. This procedure involves an incision that is made in the belly button. Through this navel incision, a saline breast implant can be inserted, positioned, and inflated once it’s been maneuvered in place.

How Visible Are Breast Augmentation Scars?

The visibility of breast augmentation scars can vary. Let’s consider each surgical incision method individually:

  • Inframammary Breast Augmentation Scars - Since the scars are located under the breasts, they are usually not seen and easily concealed by most tops, undergarments, and bathing suits. The scars will fade with time.
  • Periareolar Breast Augmentation Scars - The scar tissue around the areola tends to blend in well given the pigment differences from the rest of the skin of the breast. Most tops, undergarments, and bathing suits will conceal these scars, and the scars themselves will fade with time.
  • Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Scars - Since the incisions are made in the armpit, there will be no scars on the breast themselves. 
  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Scars - This surgical technique involves the best concealed scars since few people will closely examine your belly button. Even with an exposed midriff, the incision location is not easily detectable.

Ways of Preventing Severe Scarring

Proper pre-op and post-op care are the ideal ways to prevent serious scarring. We take great care during the consultation process to ensure patients do not suffer from conditions that lead to excessive scarring. We also stress that patients avoid smoking and focus on rest to ensure quick healing free from complications.

What If I Develop Unsightly Scar Tissue?

If you do develop unsightly scar tissue, we can help you. The use of some over-the-counter scar revision products could be helpful. For more serious scarring, non-surgical and surgical scar therapy procedures may be recommended.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation

For more information about post-surgical scarring and breast implants, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic surgeon. You can reach Dr. Michael Devlin at  Devlin Cosmetic Surgery in Little Rock, AR at (501) 222-1264.

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Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

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