Avoiding Keloid Scars after Breast Augmentation
You may not realise it, but there are different techniques for breast implant insertion based on your skin tone. If you have more melanin in your skin (more pigmentation), you may be at higher risk of getting a keloid scar after having breast augmentation or a boob job.
Plastic surgery, including breast implant insertions, can be a risk for women with more melanin in their skin in terms of scar visibility. But the Asian Transaxillary Breast Augmentation option using an Armpit Incision/Armpit Area Insertion methods for breast implants by Motiva or Mentor is one way to avoid having a keloid scar under the breasts, for patients who are prone to that type of raised scarring.
Asian Breast Implant Surgery through armpit incisions is all about reducing the risk of under-breast scars and Keloid Scars.
- For most breast augmentation patients, their under-breast scars will appear faint as they heal.
- For others, they may have obvious hyperpigmentation on the scar (and its important to avoid sun exposure on your scars for about a year to reduce scar visibility).
- But for some women, particularly of Asian heritage, they may be prone to developing unsightly and uncomfortable keloid scars after surgery of any type.
- For primary breast implant surgery for Asian women who want breast augmentation, the armpit incision approach might be best.
Asian Breast Augmentation Options
Transaxillary Incisions can help reduce the risks of having under-breast scars after having implants; but it is only available for first-time (primary) breast augmentation procedures.
The surgical description for armpit-area breast implant insertion techniques is Transaxillary Breast Augmentation.
Plastic Surgery and Scarring: Does Your Skin Tone Matter?
Scars after breast augmentation surgery are part of your body’s natural healing process.
- Scars form to protect and heal your incision.
- All surgeries will scar in some way.
- But for many patients, surgical scars fade until they are barely noticeable in the months and years after your breast augmentation surgery – as long as the surgical area is cared for properly and you don’t experience any infections or other complications.
Caring Properly For Your Incision Lines and Scars After Having Breast Augmentation Surgery
Caring properly for your incision lines after having breast implants is something that your Surgeon, Dr Richard Sackelariou, will discuss with you during your consultation and post-op checks.
- This does mean, however, ensuring you don’t overstretch the area that has been operated on.
- You will also need to keep your incision lines clean to prevent getting a wound infection or other complication.
It’s important to ensure you follow up with your Plastic Surgeon and surgical team, as recommended – and follow your healing and recovery instructions exactly, for a good result in terms of your breast augmentation and your scar visibility.
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Dr Sackelariou performs Asian Breast Augmentation using Armpit Incisions.
- Caring for your incisions and reducing scar formation often includes the necessity of wearing the correct post-operative support garments or recommended support bras after breast augmentation surgery.
- This can help you have the best possible scar formation results in terms of reducing their visibility (not wearing the right support garments, getting sun exposure on your scars, smoking or other factors can increase your risks of more visible scars including keloids if you are at risk of having raised, highly visible scar formations).
You may risk the chance of developing keloid scars after breast augmentation surgery if you don’t look after your surgical site.
- Some individuals, however, will always be prone to having keloid scars even if they merely have a scratch or small incision.
- If this is typically your experience, be sure you let Dr Sackelariou know about your scarring tendencies and ask him how to best minimise their appearance.
- There may be special scar treatments recommended for you to reduce your risks after breast augmentation surgery.
- If you have your Surgery in Melbourne or Sydney with Dr Sackelariou, it is possible that skin needling or other scar treatments may be part of your breast scar treatment plan if your Specialist Plastic Surgeon so advises.
What Are Keloid Scars and Why Are They Common in Individuals With Higher Melanin or Darker Skin Pigmentation?
- The risk of keloid scars is higher in people with higher melanin concentrations in their skin.
- This may include Asian, Middle Eastern, Southern Mediterranean, and Pacific Islands patients.
- If keloid scarring is a concern when it comes to breast augmentation surgery, ask about the Transaxillary breast implant insertion method.
In fact it is estimated up to 10% of patients might be prone to keloid scars after cosmetic plastic surgery such as breast augmentation or a breast lift.
If you are prone to keloid scars, you may have noticed your scars appear raised and ‘zig-zag’ in appearance after an injury or body piercing.
- Keloid scar risks may be elevated in people with melanin-rich skin tones.
- Those with darker skin tones or Asian heritage have an increased risk – up to 50%!
A keloid scar forms when the protective formation of the scar after healing is excessive.
In response to the incision or injury, a scar that is keloid is one that has grown into a large, raised or very noticeable scar.
- Keloid scars cover an area larger than the original incision.
- Keloid scars may not always appear right away.
- It may take months after surgery for a keloid scar to begin to form after plastic surgery.
- Contact your Surgeon if you experience a keloid scar after surgery to ask for his recommendations.
All surgical incision lines tend to become somewhat itchy as they heal.
But if the incision line or scar looks raised, feels warm or appears infected, get it checked right away by your Plastic Surgeon.
- Some keloid scars in particular may become itchy and cause irritation as they form.
- Some can even impede movement if they cover a large enough area or are excessively raised or hard.
- While keloid scars are more a cosmetic concern than a heath concern, they can leave some patients feeling self-conscious – especially is the scar is in an obvious area, such as the arms, body or face.
- So for breast surgery for Asian patients, the Asian Breast Augmentation option – of an armpit incision and insertion (the Transaxillary Breast Implant Surgery Option) is one option worth exploring.
- Phone Dr Richard Sackelariou to investigate your surgery options for Breast Augmentation procedures with Mentor or Motiva Breast Implants and other breast surgery enhancements.
What Do Keloid Scars Look Like?
- A keloid scar can look different from patient to patient.
- Keloid scars can vary in colour, from pale to red to very dark in tone compared to surrounding skin.
- They can present as an itchy patch first before growing larger.
- The scars can be elevated or smooth, or even have a raised, lumpy and ridged surface.
- Some can even continue to grow over time.
As well as surgical scars, keloid scars can form after:
- -reactions due to vaccinations
- -naval piercings
- -ear piercings
- – bad insect bites
How Can I Avoid Keloid Scars After Having Breast Implants inserted?
- Thankfully, there are special breast augmentation surgery techniques for those with darker skin, or Asian heritage, to minimise the amount of scarring and the potential for keloid scars.
- One of the most common – and popular – methods for breast augmentation surgery is Transaxillary Incision Breast Augmentation.
- This is often known as Asian Breast Augmentation Surgery.
Transaxillary vs Traditional Breast Augmentation
The traditional under-breast crease incision vs armpit incision method for Breast Augmentation
- For non-armpit area insertion of breast implants, incisions are made under your breasts in what is called the inframammary crease or ‘breast crease’ area.
- There’s one other method that involves incisions around the areola, but this is rarely performed and carries potentially higher risks compared to a transaxillary or breast crease method.
Contact us in Melbourne or Sydney for more information on Transaxillary options or the “Asian Breast Augmentation Surgery” procedure using under-armpit incisions to reduce your chances of visible breast scars after getting implants.
Next Step – Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou
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Dr Sackelariou can assist you in achieving your desired body image, helping restore you to a more youthful and confident self. Phone Melbourne 03 88409 1444 or Sydney (02) 9362-0676 to enquire or request a consultation.