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All breast augmentations involve a small incision to be made where the breast implant is inserted during the surgical process. The incisions can be made in one of four possible places: the breast fold, the areola, the armpit, or the belly button. In most cases, if not all, a permanent scar remains after surgery. It is very important to take care of your breast implant incisions in order to minimize the appearance of the scar as much as possible. Dr. Wigoda is a reputable, certified plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale who shares the following tips to patients who have just underwent breast augmentation surgery.

  1. Caring for your breast implant incisions is not the first step to trying to prevent breast implant scars. The number one way to minimize your chances or the appearance of scarring is by choosing a reputable, highly trained plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Wigoda uses state-of-the-art technology to not only provide patients with a virtually painless breast implant procedure, but also one that leaves a very small incision, resulting in minimal scarring.
  2. You can improve your chances of minimizing scarring by taking care of your skin beforehand. At least one month before your breast augmentation, start moisturizing your breasts with lotion multiple times a day to keep the skin hydrated.
  3. Dr. Wigoda also provides patients with detailed instructions on how to take care of their body and scars before and after surgery, pertaining to your skin and body type. Some women are more prone to scarring than others, so it is important to take note of all of the ways to prevent prominent scarring, as directed by your surgeon.
  4. If this is your first breast augmentation procedure, it is good to know about scars. Healthy scars start off a red color and are normally raised a bit. For a few months following surgery, your scars will fade out and flatten. If taken proper care of, they will become thin and hardly even visible. However, Dr. Wigoda stresses that this may not be the case for everyone. Those who have a history of being prone to scarring can probably expect to see a scar, regardless of how careful and precise Dr. Wigoda’s methods are.
  5. After surgery, it is important to avoid alcohol. Alcohol thins the blood and can increase bleeding, which may make your breast implant scars look more dramatic. The same goes for smoking.
  6. Do not wet or soak your incisions until your plastic surgeon gives you the okay. Stay away from hot tubs, jacuzzis, or taking a bath, because the water can harbor bacteria that will negatively affect your scars.
  7. Limit your lifting of any objects heavier than five pounds until further notice from your plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale to avoid any stretching of the skin.
  8. Never expose your breast implant scars to the sun. If you want to take extra precaution, put sunscreen on your scars underneath your bathing suit top.
  9. Silicone sheeting is a great way to restore your skin to a more natural texture and color. They help prevent scar tissue from forming; they also help the itchiness or discomfort associated with healing scars.
  10. To avoid dark breast implant scars after the incisions are completely healed, you can apply a vitamin E supplement or another topical ointment daily, such as Mederma or cocoa butter.
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