Breast Augmentation Surgery and Scar Care
Posted June 2018 by Biodermis
A breast augmentation, known clinically as augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure meant to contour the shape, size, and appearance of the breasts. Apart from increasing bust size, augmentation procedures can be combined with reconstructive techniques to improve the shape, functionality and texture of breasts following mastectomies and other reductive surgeries. Congenital breast defects and other medical complications that affect breast appearance can also be corrected with augmentation mammoplasties. As with any surgical procedure, post-operative scarring is a potential reality for many patients. Luckily, there are ways to improve the cosmetic appearance of scars and restore skin elasticity.
Continue reading to learn more about breast augmentation procedures and to discover clinically-proven ways to prevent and reduce significant post-surgical scarring.
Breast augmentation incision techniques
Plastic surgeons employ a number of breast enhancement techniques that address each patient’s unique anatomy, breast profile, and desired shape. Through the use of breast implants and different incision types, a number of modifications can be made to breasts of all shapes and sizes. Depending on the incision method utilized, and the patient’s ideal post-surgical results, amount of scarring and recovery time can vary. Listed below are a few incision techniques involved in augmentation procedures and how they allow the surgeon to contour the shape and size of the breast.
Listed below is your guide to understanding different mammoplasty techniques and the extent of what each can achieve for your ideal silhouette.
Inframammary incisions are short incisions of 1 to 2 inches in length made along the crease of the lower breast (inframammary fold). This grants the surgeon an optimum access point from which to insert a breast implant while minimizing visible scarring. Once the incision is made, the surgeon will create a pocket to situate the implant. Implant placement can be either subpectoral (under the pectoral muscle) or subglandular (behind breast gland and above the muscle). Each placement type has its benefits, but the unique anatomy of the patient and the patient’s esthetic objectives influence this decision. Inframammary incisions conceal post-operative scarring quite well. But if a patient chooses to increase or decrease implant size later in life, noticeable scarring can result.
Periareolar incisions are made along the outer perimeter of the lower areola in the shape of a semicircle. Because areola tissue differs in complexion from the surrounding skin, scars resulting from this incision blend in quite nicely. Similar to inframammary incisions, the surgeon will create a pocket above or below the pectoral muscle to situate the implant. Because the point of incision is small and proximate to the implant site, plastic surgeons can more easily control blood loss and exercise surgical precision. The unfortunate drawback to this procedure concerns patients who are prone to hypertrophic or keloid scarring. If the post-augmentation wound doesn’t heal well, which can happen regardless of surgical expertise, scarring will be clearly noticeable.
Transaxillary incisions are made in the armpit (axilla) region. Transaxillary incisions are small, about 1 to 2 inches in length, along a natural crease in the armpit. Once the incision is made, the plastic surgeon will develop a subcutaneous channel from the access point to underneath the breast where the implant will be situated. Subpectoral and subglandular implant placements can be performed similar to other augmentation techniques. Transaxillary procedures are an attractive option for patients who wish to avoid scarring on the areola or breast area. Another advantage of this incision is that it reduces the risk of nerve damage in the nipple, which can impact nipple sensitivity. Not all plastic surgeons offer this type of augmentation procedure as it requires greater surgical expertise compared to other styles.
Post-operative recovery and scar management
For the best cosmetic results after your breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to follow the specific instructions of your surgeon. Generally, patients are cleared to return home after roughly one hour following surgery. Compression garments or support bras may be worn to promote rapid recovery and uniform healing. Some doctors will prescribe pain medication to abate discomfort from post-operative swelling and bruising. Patients should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for several weeks or until further instructed by their surgeons.
Any form of invasive surgical procedure will leave scarring, and some patients will scar more than others. Scarring is influenced by a number of factors including genetics, skin type, and how well one manages their scar. To prevent and reduce significant scarring post-surgery, silicone gel sheeting should be worn.
Silicone gel technology emerged over 30 years ago as a safe and effective topical solution for scars, and numerous clinical studies substantiate this claim. Through the mechanisms of hydration and collagen regulation, medical silicone gives the user control over scar formation. Silicone is an effective treatment solution for scars resulting from injury and surgical procedures. Silicone sheeting designed specifically for breast augmentation procedures can be easily obtained online.
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