Breast Augmentation Scars

All About Scars

Scars are a part of the breast augmentation process. You will have one, whether it's around the areola, under the arm, or under the breast. TUBA (navel incision) offers the least noticeable scar. However, there aren't an abundance of surgeons performing this particular procedure. Fortunately, breast augmentation scars, regardless of where they're located, tend to heal extremely well.

A scar is a mark that's left on the skin after the healing of a cut, burn, or other wound. Collagen forms to fill in the wound or incision. An over-abundance of collagen is always produced. However, our bodies also produce an enzyme called collagenase, which melts the excess collagen. This process goes on for several months. In the end, if too much collagen is left behind, the result is a thicker, more noticeable scar.

In some cases, hypertropic or keloid scars may form. A keloid scar is a red and raised area, which can be uncomfortable and restrictive, depending on the part of the body on which it's located, as well as the size of the scar. Keloid scarring is the result of the build up of collagen in the area, making the scar larger than the actual size of the wound. In other words, the scar extends outside of the actual wound. A hypertropic scar is one that grows overly thick, but remains confined to the limits of the wound.

The photo below depicts a keloid scar.

Keloid scarring is more common with darker skin tones, such as African American, Chinese, Hispanic, etc. Generally, caucasians are least affected.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to help the healing process. There are several different options when it comes to treating scars. If you have a problem with hypotrophic or keloid scarring, you do have options, such as surgical laser treatment, excision, and more.

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