No woman wants obvious breast augmentation scars, but when patients come to me asking “which incision type hides scars the best,” the answer is not as obvious as you would think. Technically, the axillary (armpit) incision would seem to do the best job of avoiding scarring on the breast, but if a patient has trouble with scarring, this incision can be noticed in a sleeveless dress or a bikini when her arms are raised.
Most of my breast augmentation patients from the Phoenix area choose an incision along the lower edge of the areola (the darker skin that surrounds the nipple). Because this skin is thinner, and because there is a natural color junction of the breast and areola, scars following surgery quickly become inconspicuous in most patients. Please look through many breast augmentation photos from patients at my practice to get a better idea of what typical scars look like. These scars are frequently hard to notice, and fade more and more as time passes.
Breast Augmentation Scarring: Key Facts
- The typical “timeline” for breast augmentation scarring varies depending on the patient, but you should see swelling go down within 10 days of your procedure, with noticeable improvements in the appearance of your incisions in a few weeks to a few months. It may take scars a year or more to fully flatten and fade, so be patient.
- If scarring is a particular concern, some incision techniques are better than others. Periareolar incisions, for example, combine minimal scarring with much more direct access to the breast pocket compared to axillary (armpit) or TUBA (bellybutton) methods, which helps ensure the best possible result.
- Compared to other cosmetic procedures that require more extensive incisions such as Scottsdale tummy tuck or body lift procedures, scarring following breast augmentation surgery generally is not a major concern. But you should still choose a surgeon who is focused on minimizing incisions to create a beautiful result.