Scarring is inevitable after any surgical procedure. When breast augmentation is performed, every effort is made to hide the scars where they won’t be noticeable. Incisions are typically hidden in the armpit, beneath the fold of the breast and at the junction between the areola and the surrounding skin.
Unfortunately, in rare cases, adverse scarring can occasionally occur. This is usually due to wound healing biology and is frequently seen in patients with darker pigmentations.
It’s important to remember that wound healing continues for over a year after a surgical procedure. During this phase of wound healing, there are several maneuvers that can be performed to minimize scarring. These include mechanical massage, the use of silastic sheeting and topical agents such as mederma. Even when these methods are used, scarring may still be a problem.
If scars have failed to improve after they have reached maturity, scar revision may be an option. If you’re concerned about scarring, you should consult with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to recommend an appropriate course of action.