How Long Does it Take for Scars to Fade After Breast Enlargement?
Scarring is a common concern for patients undergoing breast enlargement and they’ll often ask, how long does it take for scars to fade?
In short, you’re looking at 6-8 weeks for the wounds to heal initially, but another year or two for the scars to heal completely and fade further. All Suffolk Breast Practice surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in minimising the appearance of scars.
With their input, we’ve created this guide to breast enlargement scars so you know exactly what to expect.
Does a Boob Job Leave Scars and What Will They Look Like?
A breast enlargement procedure requires surgical incisions, so scarring is inevitable as the wounds heal. The scars will initially look red or purple and raised from the skin. Over time, the scar smooths out, flattens and the colour fades, often appearing paler than your natural skin tone.
Generally, scars on pale skin are more noticeable at first but gradually fade. Scars on darker skin are initially less visible but are slightly more noticeable once they’ve healed.
Where Does a Boob Job Leave Scars?
Along with wanting to know how long it takes for scars to heal, many patients want to learn about where their scars will be. The positioning of your scars depends on the procedure you have, as there are three main incision types:
- Inframammary incision – in the crease below the breast
- Areolar/Periareolar – around the nipple
- Transaxillary – in the crease of the armpit (this technique isn’t often used)
For patients having a breast enlargement with implants, you’ll normally have a 3-5cm scar along the breast crease.
If you’re having an enlargement with uplift, most surgeons will use the areolar incision around the nipple and a vertical incision down to the breast crease to allow them to uplift and reposition the breasts. This is commonly called a lollipop scar due to its shape.
Want to learn more about different procedures? Read our previous article on achieving a natural-looking breast enlargement.
The Importance of Insertion Technique for Scarring
Different procedures require different incisions. Insertion techniques for breast enlargement have changed greatly over the years, resulting in the above-mentioned incision locations.
Your surgeon will discuss your options and recommendations with you and give you a chance to ask any questions before you make any decisions.
Factors they need to take into account include-
- The size and shape of your natural breasts
- Nipple size and location
- Procedure and implant type
- If you want to breastfeed in the future
- Your general health
These impact the best insertion technique for your procedure and, ultimately, where your breast enlargement scars will be. You can learn more about what to expect from breast enlargement surgery in our complete guide.
Will Breast Surgery Scars Ever Disappear Completely?
No, breast enlargement scars don’t generally disappear completely. That said, surgeons work hard to minimise scarring and, in many cases, scars are easily hidden, particularly if they’re in the breast crease.
The procedure, incision technique and surgeon skill play a big part in your breast enlargement scarring and how long it takes to heal. We therefore recommend you find a qualified, experienced and highly recommended surgeon to carry out your breast enlargement procedure.
We pride ourselves on our surgeons being registered with the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Association of Breast Surgery. Our lead surgeon, Mr Tuffaha, has also been awarded the “I Want Great Care Certificate of Excellence in 2023”, highlighting his dedication to outstanding patient care.
Take a look at our testimonials to read more about the outstanding results we deliver to each and every patient at Suffolk Breast Practice.
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