Let’s get the simple fact out there first: there is no breast augmentation procedure that is completely “scarless.” Whenever breast augmentation is performed, there will be some form of incision made, resulting in a scar. However, Dr. Davis uses modern surgical techniques to minimize the visibility and size of scars to create a more discreet and aesthetically pleasing outcome.
Here are the common incision options that may be used in breast augmentation and some information about scarring:
- Inframammary Incision: This is the most common incision for breast augmentation. It is made in the natural crease underneath the breast (the inframammary fold). While the scar is typically well-hidden in this location, it is still a visible scar when the breast is viewed from certain angles. Over time, the scar tends to fade and become almost impossible to notice.
- Periareolar Incision: This incision is made around the edge of the areola, where the darker skin meets the lighter skin. The scar can often blend well with the natural color transition between the areola and the breast skin. However, it is still a visible scar, especially when the areola is small.
- Transaxillary Incision: This incision is made in the armpit, and the implant is placed through a tunnel to the breast area. While the scar is hidden in the armpit, it may be visible when raising the arms, and there is a risk of injury to nerves in the axillary region. This method also does not give direct access to the breast area, making proper implant placement a greater challenge. It is not a preferred method for most surgeons or situations.
- Transumbilical Incision (TUBA): This is an incision made in the navel, and the implant is inserted through a tunnel to the breast. The scar is concealed within the navel, but this technique is used less frequently and has limitations regarding implant size and placement.
- Transareolar Endoscopic Augmentation (T-UBA): This is a relatively newer technique that combines an incision around the areola with the use of an endoscope. It aims to minimize scarring and provide more precise placement of the implant. However, like the periareolar incision, it still results in a visible scar around the areola.
Regardless of the implant placement method Dr. Davis uses, scar appearance and healing can vary from person to person. Factors such as genetics, skin type, and how well postoperative scar care is followed can influence the final appearance of scars. To minimize scarring and promote proper healing, it’s essential to follow Dr. Davis’s postoperative care instructions, including scar management techniques like massaging the scar, using silicone sheets or gels, and protecting the incision from sun exposure.
For more information on breast implant incision options and details about your personal potential for scarring, call our Nashville office at 615-327-7407 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.