Scarring is a topic frequently discussed in breast augmentation consultations. It is understandable that women do not want to enlarge their breasts through surgery, only to discover they have long-term scarring that is visible when wearing certain types of clothing. Now that summer has arrived, many women want to know whether breast augmentation scars are visible when wearing bikinis. Dr. Joseph Michaels addresses the answer in this blog post.
Placing the Incisions
Every surgical operation requires an incision, which leaves a scar. That’s why it is crucial to place the breast augmentation incisions in a location where scarring will be well concealed.
The incisions for breast augmentation are typically made in one of the following locations:
- In or just above the fold under the breast (inframammary)
- Around the perimeter of the areola (periareolar)
- Through the armpit (transaxillary)
Incision location is a decision that each patient makes with the guidance of her plastic surgeon. The decision depends on the patient’s anatomy, selected implants and the surgeon’s personal preference.
In most cases, Dr. Michaels prefers the inframammary incisions for the best results. He places the incisions right above the natural breast fold, where the breast meets the rib cage. As long as the patient has adequate fullness in the lower pole (portion) of the augmented breast, any scarring should be concealed by the lower breast. The incision is actually made about a quarter inch above the fold, so even if the bottom of the bikini top lifts a bit, scarring is not noticeable.
Caring for the Incisions
Every breast augmentation patient is unique and heals differently, depending on factors like her skin type and post-operative incision care. Ignoring Dr. Michael’s instructions could lead to a poorly healed or raised scar, which is more noticeable. The best way to predict what your specific breast augmentation scars will look like is to personally consult with Dr. Michaels. After examining your breasts and skin, he can share his projections with you.
Contact Dr. Joseph Michaels Today
If you would like to discuss breast augmentation and breast implants in more detail with our plastic surgeon, please contact Michaels Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery today. You can call (301) 468-5991 or (703) 957-8610, or send us an email.