Austin-Weston specializes in breast enhancement surgery, including breast implants, breast augmentation, breast lifts and breast reductions for Northern Virginia, Maryland & Washington, DC.

Women seek breast augmentation to improve the appearance of their breasts, and some are concerned that the positive results might be lessened by scars. Breast augmentation is surgery and it is impossible to avoid scarring from any surgery. However, in most cases scarring is very minor, and in some cases the scars are virtually invisible.

Scarring is something we discuss in detail during your personal consultation at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery. If you want to learn more about scarring after breast augmentation, we invite you to schedule a consultation today to discuss this or any other detail of the procedure.

Placement of Incisions

The scars from breast augmentation will be located where the incisions were placed. At The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we use three common incisions during breast augmentation:

  • Breast crease (inframmary incision)
  • Areola (periareolar)
  • Armpit (transaxillary)

For most women with sufficient breast tissue, the inframammary incision is well concealed and is generally recommended. Most patients choose this type of incision.  Both saline implants and silicone gel implants can be used through this incision site.

The periareolar incision is very well-hidden in plain sight at the change in color and texture of the skin from the areola to the breast mound. Women who may consider a periareolar incision are women who have little breast tissue and it is difficult to hide the scar in the breast fold.  Saline Implants are typically used at this incision site, but there may be a possibility that a Silicone Gel Implant be used.  The size of your areolar and the size of the Silicone Gel Implant may be a factor.

The transaxillary incision is a good choice for women who do not want any scarring on the breast and have selected saline breast implants.  This incision site will require additional surgery time and an endoscope is used during the surgery.

Appearance of Scars

Scars can vary from a thin, almost imperceptible line to a red, raised area that may grow outside the original size of the incision. What your scars look like depends on many factors, including:

  • Skin quality, age, and genetic factors
  • General health, including pre- and post-surgical nutrition
  • Treatment of incision after closure
  • Quality of incision
  • Quality of incision closure

The plastic surgeons at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery will do everything possible to minimize your scars. We use a gentle touch technique in both opening and closing the incision. We will also talk to you about what you have to do both leading up to and following surgery to improve the appearance of your scars.

We also ask that you do your part to help get the minimum scarring possible. This means that you should follow all our pre- and post-surgical instructions very closely. You will receive a detailed instructional packet explaining your recovery process and how to care for your incisions.
Most women heal very well after breast augmentation, with little or no scarring to tell of the procedure.  If you are concerned about scarring, please look at our breast augmentation case studies to see the quality of results some women have achieved.

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The best way to learn about scarring after breast augmentation is in a personal consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. If you live in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington DC please contact The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your personal consultation.