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Will My Breast Implant Scar Be Noticeable?

Sometimes, the only thing holding a patient back from moving forward with breast augmentation is concern about having a breast implant scar.

Are you concerned about breast implant scar locations? Want to make sure no one knows you’ve had surgery? Or, simply don’t want a pesky scar to mar your results?

Let’s take a look at some important facts about breast implant scar locations and how you can make your implant scars nearly imperceptible with just a few simple steps.

But first, do you have to have scars from breast implants?

Do All Breast Implants Scar?

In a word, yes. Whenever there is an incision involved in surgery, there’s going to be a scar. And breast implant surgery does require incisions so that the implants can be placed. Therefore, there will be scars.

The good news, however, is that breast implant scars are usually not noticeable — especially after some time has passed and especially if you take the necessary steps to limit their appearance.

So, where is the scar when you get breast implants? It won’t always be the same for every patient. Let’s take a closer look.

Breast Implant Scar Locations

Breast implant scar locations depend on several factors, including what type of surgery is being performed, whether a breast lift is also being performed, what type of implant is being used (saline vs. silicone, textured vs. smooth, etc.), and the anatomy of the patient. 

Generally speaking, breast implant scar locations (where the implants are inserted) may be:

  • In the breast crease or breast fold, beneath the breast (inframammary incision)
  • In the armpit (transaxillary incision)
  • At the areola’s edge (periareolar incision)

How big are they?

This also depends, but typically, each breast augmentation scar is approximately 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches long.

Dr. Matthew Schulman uses advanced breast augmentation techniques to create his implant incisions. One such technique is the short-scar breast augmentation, which features the Keller Funnel. He also uses Botox-assisted breast augmentation. 

Botox-assisted breast augmentation has a range of benefits. It can first reduce or eliminate the need for narcotic pain meds. It can also reduce the sensation of tightness post-surgery and decrease muscle pain overall. Finally, Botox-assisted breast augmentation can provide faster final results and will certainly cut the time patients need to refrain from certain activities.

Do Breast Implant Scars Go Away?

With time, breast implant scars will fade considerably, but they will never completely go away. Basically, they can become nearly invisible if you take care of them correctly.

So, how do you hide breast implant scars?

You should start by paying close attention to the aftercare instructions provided by Dr. Schulman. You’ll receive a packet of information after your surgery that will explain to you exactly how to properly care for your incisions, what to refrain from doing during your recovery, and how to spend most of your time (rest is key). Follow this closely, and if you have questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Within your instructions, you will be directed to avoid physically exerting yourself. That means not lifting heavy objects and not getting tired and sweaty through exercise. Some slow and gentle walking for short distances is fine when you are able. In fact, frequent ambulation (movement) after surgery is good and will help reduce your pain and inflammation. Overall, you don’t want to move too much or too quickly because you could pull your stitches or sutures, which can worsen scarring.

Make sure you also stay out of the sun during your recovery. Exposing your scars to sunlight can make them more apparent over time. Finally, drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet. Hydrated, healthy skin doesn’t scar as badly as dehydrated skin. If, after your incisions have healed, you want to take your scar concealment a step further, you might also try silicone treatments. Silicone scar reducing sheets can often inhibit your breast augmentation scar appearance even more.

In rare cases where breast implant scars are still noticeable and you would like to reduce their appearance even more, breast implant scar removal is possible through techniques such as dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing.

Book Your Breast Implant Consult in NYC

Interested in learning more about the breast augmentation process — including the best ways to achieve virtually scar-free results from your surgery?

Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Matthew Schulman in NYC. In addition to having been awarded nearly every major plastic surgery award in the country, Dr. Schulman is consistently quoted and interviewed for numerous major publications and is a regularly-invited speaker at medical conferences around the nation.

Put your breast implant surgery in the best hands. Contact our office today and book your consultation with NYC’s leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Schulman.