Even though some scarring is inevitable after breast augmentation, it doesn’t have to be a cause for concern.
Healing after breast augmentation is different for everyone and there are several different factors that can affect your scarring, including:
- The size and depth of the incision. The larger your cut, the longer it’s going to take to heal and the greater the risk of scarring.
- Your age. The older you get, the less collagen your skin produces, which plays a leading role in how much your skin will scar after your procedure.
- Skin tone. Darker skin tones tend to blend better with scars but they are also more prone to keloid scars. Patients with a lighter skin tone will have scars that are slightly more noticeable.
Tips for Better Healing after Breast Augmentation
Here are a few tips that will enhance your recovery after breast augmentation
Stay away from toxins. To accelerate your healing and minimise your risk of scarring, it’s best not to smoke and to avoid alcohol until you are completely healed. Tobacco and alcohol affect your blood flow as well as your immune system, which can affect your recovery process.
Think twice about what you’re putting in your body. The more nutrient-rich foods you include in your diet, the more fuel your body has to heal correctly. It’s also important to stay as hydrated as possible to decrease your risk of infection.
Get enough sleep. Your body does some of its best healing work when you’re sleeping so make good-quality sleep a top priority.
Watch your sun exposure. UV rays are bad for your skin in general but are even worse for your scars. The new skin cells that are produced during your recovery period are particularly sensitive to light and can darken and even thicken your scars. Sunscreen and protective clothing are very important.
Reduce physical activity. Make sure that you have someone who can assist you for a day or two after your procedure so that you’re putting as little tension on your wounds as possible. You should also avoid any heavy lifting for about a month after your surgery.
Treating Your Breast Augmentation Scars
Even though your body will do its part to keep scarring to a minimum, there are a few things that you can try at home too.
Silicone Sheets and Gel. The silicone formula in these sheets and gel will help keep your wounds hydrated and accelerate healing. The sheets will also make your wounds more stable and less prone to serious scarring.
Laser Therapy. Laser therapy can be used to reduce the appearance of scars by resurfacing the skin once you are completely healed.
Micro-Needling. This is another cosmetic procedure that can be used to produce collagen and reduce the appearance of scars after your procedure.
Cortisone Injections. This injection is a type of steroid that can be used to reduce inflammation, redness, itching and scarring.