Minimizing Scars after Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure. This surgery can give a woman a renewed sense of confidence as the shape and size of the breasts are enhanced. Breast augmentation is an ideal solution for women who have naturally small breasts or those who have lost volume and shape due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy. Dr. Christopher J. Kovanda, a talented Minneapolis plastic surgeon, customizes breast augmentation to meet each patient’s individual needs. One concern that many of our Minneapolis patients have is the breast augmentation scars that will result from surgery. Dr. Kovanda can help women make a decision regarding which incision should be used during surgery to help minimize the signs of scars.

Breast Augmentation

For our patients in Minneapolis, breast augmentation surgery can be performed through a number of different incisions. By learning about these incisions and discussing them with Dr. Kovanda, you will be able to choose a surgical technique that will help minimize the signs of scarring following breast augmentation.

  • Inframammary: The inframmary incision is regularly performed by surgeons. The implant will be placed through an incision at the base of the breast. Many women prefer this incision because it leaves a scar that is naturally covered by the breast.
  • Periareolar: The periareolar incision cannot be easily hidden because it encircles the areola. However, the scar that is left is usually minimal and will blend in with the darker skin of the areola.
  • Transaxillary: The transaxillary incision is made in the woman’s armpit; this is appealing to patients because it leaves the breasts free of scars. The scar that is left is very discreet and it can easily be hidden under clothing.
  • Transumbilical: During a transumbilical surgery, the only incision made will be placed in the belly button. As with the transaxillary technique, this leaves the breasts scar-free.  This technique will leave an inconspicuous scar within the navel. that the downside of this technique is that it can make implant placement more difficult and some surgeons believe it increases the risk of complications.

Dr. Kovanda can discuss these techniques with you in further detail and help you make the choice that will be most beneficial to you.


In addition to the incision choice, the most important step in minimizing the scars from breast augmentation is proper care during recovery. Taking the following steps can ensure that scars heal properly and begin to fade:

  • Following surgery, avoid any movements that can stress the incision area or pull at the skin
  • Use a cream to prevent the incision area from becoming infected
  • Wear your post surgical bra following surgery. After Dr. Kovanada gives you the okay to return to a normal bra, you should continue to wear a bra day and night for at least six months to protect the healing tissue
  • Use a scar-reducing cream. After your wounds are healed, these products can be applied twice a day to the incision area
  • Make sure you attend all of your follow-up appointments with Dr. Kovanda so he can supervise your recovery

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kovanda. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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