How Long Before Incision from Breast Augmentation Heals?

I recently had a revision done through crease incision for one side of my breast. Because I have very very thin skin, I am concerned about the breast implant breaking layers of skin. What suggestions / ideas do you have to keep the pressure of the implant off the incision until it heals?

I am wearing a support bra although it can be uncomfortable because the band is at where the incision is. Normally, how long will it take for the incision to completely heal and seal? Your opinion would very much be appreciated. Thank you.

Doctor Answers 23

Re: Incision Healing Time for Breast Revision

Good question.

Fast Answer: Incisions take 24-48 hours to “seal”; time until completely healed is 4-6 weeks.

Detailed Answer: This answer depends on what you meant by healed. If you are asking when the incision is sealed that is about 24 hours. This is why it is safe for you to take a shower the day following surgery. If you are asking time until totally healed and the incision has significant strength, then it takes about 4-6 weeks. This is why you can typically go back to upper body lifting at 4-6 weeks. If you are asking when the incision will be strong enough so that you don’t have to worry about your revision opening up, then I would safe after 1 week.

I hope that helps! Best of Luck!

Ontario Plastic Surgeon
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Healing after breast augmentation reivision

Implant extrusion is very rare after breast augmentation.  Incisions are usually closed in couple layers of sutures.  Unless your skin is really thin without much breast tissue, implants should not extrude.  The incision will be "healed"  within a week; however, scar will continue to remodel and gain strength for next 6- 12 months.

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Few weeks to several months

It could take 6 month for the wound to gain near maximum intensity. However, in 3-6 weeks your wound should reach a stable stage. The remodeling of the scar will continue to occur until full healing. Wearing support bra with no underwire is a good way to avoid too much pressure on the incision.hope that helps!

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Complete healing is relative

Usually the incision is healed enough to allow one to remove sutures and get the incision wet within a few days. However, the strength of the scar is a dynamic issue and changes as time passes. There is also modification of the collagen as the scar matures. Most patients should be able to resume active exercise within 3 weeks or so but you should be mindful of irritation to the scar. Your surgeon should be able to guide your specific case as he knows the anatomy of your revision and the size of your implants.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Initial healing on its way by 1 week, most deep healing is done within 4-6 weeks


Every incision through the layers of skin needs some time to heal. The superficial healing is done within a week, but the deeper healing may take 4-6 weeks. During this period of time, don't worry -- your implant should not break the skin. Sometimes a very large and heavy implant can cause the incision to stretch slightly as it heals, however. Wearing a support bra is helpful. I would avoid an underwire bra as this will irritate your incision. If the band hits your incision and this is painful, you can put a small piece of gauze or cotton at that site to take some of the pressure off the incision. Within a month after surgery this should become much more comfortable. Good luck!

Nina S. Naidu, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Wound Healing Following Breast Augmentation

                  Wound healing is a dynamic process that in many cases lasts for more than a year. Most wounds regain the majority of their tensile strength in about six weeks, but continue to remodel for at least a year.

                  Although you’re concerned about thin skin and implant extrusion, this would be an unusual complication unless you had other associated problems such as infection. Surgeons close these wounds in multiple layers and the deeper tissue is closed as well. The use of a support bra would take pressure off the closure and provide added support. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Incision heals quickly, scar matures slower

Your incision is completely heled within two weeks, but the scar can undergo changes for up to a year.  If your bra is putting pressure on the incision, consider finding one whenre the elastic is lower on the chest and you can also place a piece of guaze over the incision to relieve some of the pressure.

Vishnu Rumalla, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 201 reviews

Breast Implant Extrusion and Incision Disruption

Breast implant revision can involve incising a previous incision site. In your particular case, extrusion of the implant through the incision site can be prevented by meticulous layered closure of the underlying muscle and soft tissue. Extrusion is rare, but can occur with severely atrophied breast parenchyma.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Time to heal and what to do to help healing

Your surgeon can best address this because they closed you.  Steristrips, a bra as you suggest are 2 things that might help healing as well as other products.  It takes any incision 1-1.5 years to "finish healing" but things are pretty solid at 6 weeks.  

Matthew H. Conrad, MD
Wichita Plastic Surgeon
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Incision Healing

It takes about 48 hours for an incision to "seal" to the point where it is water tight.  It then takes another 6-8 weeks for that incision to become "strong".  Hopefully the weight of your implant is distributed across your whole breast and it does not weaken your incision to the point of opening.  I would first start by voicing your concern to your surgeon.  Only your surgeon knows exactly how thin the skin is, or what they may have done to provide extra support to this part of your breast.  Ask about supportive garments, and let your surgeon know if you feel that it is rubbing over part of the incision.  We can often times make accommodations to prevent rubbing.  Best of luck! 

Josh Waltzman, MD, MBA
Long Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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