What scarring should I expect after a breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as breast implant surgery or breast enhancement, is an incredibly popular procedure for women, both in the UK and abroad, but what unites most women prior to surgery is an understandable apprehension about what scars they will be left with.

The scar left after a breast augmentation will depend on what incision is made. The usual incision sites are either under the arm, around the base of the nipple or in the fold underneath the breast which is called the inframammary fold.

The decision on where to make the incision depends on many factors. The size and shape of the implant and where it is to be placed are important from the surgeon’s point of view. Also the appearance of your breasts can be taken into consideration; for example, the difference in colour between the nipple and the surrounding skin can make the nipple incision easy to hide. If there’s not much difference in colour, the inframammary fold incision usually cannot be seen at all unless the patient is lying down.

What factors does breast augmentation scarring depend upon?

Mr Alan Park will take as much time as possible during your Coventry breast augmentation consultations to ensure that you are clear about what to expect after your procedure in terms of recovery as a whole and scarring in particular.

However, it is important to realise that all patients will respond differently and there may be certain factors outside of your and his control that affect scarring. Keloid scarring is where the scar ‘grows’ beyond the original incision and can be itchy, raised and red and, hopefully, you will be aware that you suffer from this prior to having surgery.

Lifestyle factors can also affect how well your scar heals. Mr Alan Park advises all his Coventry breast augmentation patients to stop smoking for at least a couple of weeks prior to surgery and a couple of weeks after the operation as smoking can have a profound impact on how well your scar heals.

Sun exposure should also be avoided during the scar healing process and it can take up to a year before the scar is considered fully healed.