Put these 5 things at the forefront of your mind after you get a breast augmentation
Breast augmentation is an effective way toward a more healthy and attractive upper body. Implants – made of either silicone or saline – are inserted underneath the breast tissue through small incisions made at a location that depends on how best to make a safe placement.
The placement has a lot to do with how visible your post-surgery scars will be, but you also have some control over it as well. You can minimize any scarring with these simple tips:
What Bra Should I Wear after a breast augmentation?
For at least the first few months, wear a support bra such as a balconette, bandeau, contour or convertible. The first 6 months after your procedure are critical, because that’s when scar tissue forms. Wearing a wire bra is not recommended because it can rub the incision area and cause irritation. As always, ask your surgeon for recommendations.
Use These Creams
Here are the 3 most common types of cream that can help minimize scars after your breast augmentation:
- Silicone treatments: Often considered the best treatment for reducing scars, silicone treatments hydrate the scar, making it flatter and softer. Silicone treatments come in 2 forms: thin strips or a liquid substance. Whichever you choose, these treatments can begin after the wound has fully healed.
- Anti-bacterial cream: Your surgeon may require you to apply this cream to fight infection. As always, follow instructions closely. Cleaning the incision area is important when combating scars.
- Softening cream: While not proven to be 100% effective, softening cream can keep the area flexible and hydrated. It should only be applied after the wound has fully healed.
Gently massaging your breast with oils and creams can help flatten and soften scars. This can be done after the scabs have disappeared. As a bonus, massaging can also increase blood flow to the area, which can expedite healing.
Clean, Dry And Out Of The Light
It’s important to keep the incision area clean in order to prevent infection, and part of that is keeping it dry and away from sunlight. It’s recommended to avoid extremely hot showers until your wound is healed. UV rays can make a scar look darker, so if you are in the sun right after a breast augmentation, be sure to use high SPF sunscreen.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions to minimize scarring and for general tips for recovery and healing. You will receive instructions on dressings, creams, etc. And you can always call if you have questions.
Maximize Success With Siwy
That’s the commitment Dr. Barbara Siwy makes to all of her patients across Central Indiana. Once your breast augmentation is complete, our staff is here to support you and promote your healing so you can get the most out of your investment.
After seeing Dr. Siwy, you’ll have a customized plan from beginning to end – and you’ll have the benefit of her 30+ years of experience and a belief that you deserve to be treated with kindness, respect and honesty.
Contact us today for a consultation or if you have any questions regarding scars after a procedure.