Breast Augmentation Incision Care

While recovering from breast enlargement surgery and taking good care of your incision is relatively easy, there are steps you can take to ensure a simple healing process. Dr Mark Duncan-Smith will guide you through all the steps necessary to feel completely secure in your decision. As crucial as the recovery process is, doing things to minimize the scars from breast implantation incisions before you even arrive on the day of surgery is critical to your recovery from surgery.

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Breast Augmentation Incision Care - Cosmetic Surgery

So let’s talk about some factors that determine how much you have scars and how you care for the resulting scars properly. The size and number of incisions vary depending on the operation and surgical technique, but an experienced cosmetic surgeon who has honed the perfect technique will ensure that your incision is as small as possible, heals cleanly and is well placed. When you are small, you look like you have no scars, even if you have scars. 

When your skin experiences trauma, injury or cut, collagen comes to your aid and heals quickly and efficiently. 

Breast augmentation incision opening-up

Dr Calderon said: ‘There are various ways to perform breast reduction and scars heal best when the incision is placed in a place where there is the least tension. You will want to talk about scar tissue and placement during your consultation. The process of treating a breast surgery scar can begin by following your surgeon’s instructions – surgical instructions – very carefully. Your surgeon will be asked to explain when you are performing the incision and exactly where the scar is on your chest. 

After the operation, a strip is applied around the skin occlusion, which should remain in place for two weeks after the operation. You must wear a bra to keep the dressing in a stable position around your incisions. Gauze bandages, bandages and bandages cover the chest area after the operation, as well as a bandage over the scar region. 

Breast augmentation scar treatment

The advanced technologies and procedures of today create smaller and subtler incisions than ever before. Still, there are many ways to minimize scar appearance after your breast augmentation surgery. These include:

  • Following recommendations from the physician

Your surgeon will give you detailed orders about post-operative treatment following your breast augmentation operation. By following these guidelines, the risk of illness or complication is not only decreased, but the appearance of scarring is also diminished.

  • Give It Time

It’s important to have reasonable standards, even though you follow the recommendation of your surgeon and apply ointments to help with scarring. Scarring is a normal healing process which can require years for changes to be seen. It will take up to six months to a year for the final scars to show.

It is strongly recommended to purchase a recovery bra that is specifically designed for breast enlargement surgery and not for any other type of breast surgery. 

Read our guide to choosing a bra for breast enlargement to learn more about how to choose a bra and the benefits of different bras. Temples should be avoided as they damage the implant wound. Gauze bandages, elastic bandages and bras can envelop the new breast to support the breast and reduce swelling during the healing process. A supportive bra is also an option, but please avoid using temples as it will cause pain and damage to your implant and wounds. 

The surgeon may suggest that the interface is cleaned frequently, and antibiotics are prescribed to prevent infection. Before sending the patient home, the surgeon will give specific care instructions and medication to ensure a healthy recovery. 

To create a natural wrinkle in the breast, the doctor places stitches or sutures under the skin that you will not see. Once you have a clear plastic bandage with the bandages in place, remove it as quickly as possible. Others recommend putting on the band or bandage until a follow-up appointment. 

If you notice warmth or redness in your chest or feel a pinching or pulling, you may have an infection or get a fever. Sutures can be painful, and if the surgeon uses a suture that does not draw in on its own, a follow-up appointment is required for removal. 

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, you may need more surgery to fix the problem. But if you don’t, no more operations will be necessary until the problems are fixed. 

The recovery time after a breast augmentation is the most important part of getting used to your new breast implant. As part of the restoration process, you must carefully clean your implant incision. Avoiding infection should be your primary goal while you care for your breast implants and incisions. 

You may not think the injection site is important when planning your breast enlargement, but it is important because it can cause infection in the first few weeks after implantation. 

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Incision after breast augmentation

Your incision will determine where the scar will be after the operation and you should consider placing the scar so that it heals as quickly as possible so that you can be satisfied with the final result. 

Keloid scars on breast augmentation

You should certainly think about something happening during a breast lift or breast augmentation whether you have a history of keloids or hypertrophic scars. Please note that a keloid is often defined as a type of scar that spreads out and encompasses/takes over normal surrounding tissue. For more information about scar check out 

After placing your breasts in a specially made support bra, Dr Mark Duncan-Smith covers the incision with gauze bandages before taking you to the hospital, where he monitors your vital signs until you are fully awake and ready to go home. Breast augmentation is performed on the same day as your surgery, which means that you go home with your breast implants and the results of the breast augmentation in one and a half hours and go home the same day. 

How do you take care of a breast augmentation incision?

  1. With proper planning before surgery, reduce Breast Implant Scars
  2. Stop blood-thinning ibuprofen and aspirin, which raise the chance of bleeding.
  3. As this can raise the chance of bleeding, avoid taking any herbal supplements, herbal drugs or vitamin C.
  4. Oh, don’t smoke. Smoking postpones recovery.

How long do I have to sleep upright after breast augmentation?

It is better to swing your legs down first while sitting with your back raised, move gently to the side and sit up without straining your chest muscles. You will be recommended to sleep on your back for 4-6 weeks before you can start lying on your forehead again.

Do and don’ts after breast surgery?

  • Rest as soon as possible and do not work out that way. 
  • 1 week after your workout routine, don’t jump back into it. Start gently with light activity around the house or yard, such as simple chores. 
  • Week 2- For 6 weeks, you can skip upper body exercise.

When can you raise your arms after breast augmentation?

I suggest no raising and holding the arms below the shoulder for two weeks or fewer with fresh implants. Your arms should then be lifted after that. And I suggest no lifting of at least more than 10 pounds at all for 3 months.

What happens at 4 weeks post-op breast augmentation?

4 weeks post-surgery: Most people appear at this point of rehabilitation as though they are able to introduce the regular activity gradually, although it is best to resist workouts that directly hit the chest.

How long do breast implants take to soften?

The process of softening is known as “fluffing" and can last anywhere from eight weeks to six months. See the cosmetic surgeon if your breasts feel rough for more than six months. Postoperative swelling leads, as does their positioning, to the firmness of freshly inserted breast implants.

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