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Will A Breast Augmentation Leave A Scar?

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Will A Breast Augmentation Leave A Scar?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that adds or restores volume to breasts. As with any plastic surgery, breast augmentation involves incisions in the skin, which naturally leads to scarring. Choosing an experienced, board-certified surgeon, like Dr. Lawton, is the best way to reduce the risk of complications that may lead to scarring. 

Dr. Lawton’s surgical approach aims to leave you with inconspicuously placed scars with the best chance of healing properly. Many women find that these easily-concealable scars are well worth the benefits of their enhanced breasts. Still, there are things that you can do to help minimize scarring.

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What Kind of Scarring Is Normal?

In general, when patients follow Dr. Lawton’s pre and post-operative instructions, most scars may begin red and raised but will flatten in texture and blend with your natural skin tone over time. Scar lightening can take up to a year after surgery.

There are three main types of incisions;

  • Periareolar – an incision around the outer edge of the areola
  • Transaxillary – an incision around the underarm
  • Inframammary – an incision along the lower fold of the breast

Your desired outcome, as well as the size of your implants, will help determine the optimal incision technique.

What Can I Do Before Surgery To Prevent Scarring?

The main thing you can do before surgery to prevent scarring is to follow Dr. Lawton’s individualized pre-operative instructions carefully. These instructions will take into account your specific procedure and lifestyle.

What Can Dr. Lawton Do to Prevent Scarring During Surgery?

Dr. Lawton has the skills and technique to perform precise incisions that ensure easily concealable scars. After discussing with you the three primary incision methods offered, Dr. Lawton will customize your treatment plan.



The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

How Can I Prevent Long-Term Scarring After My Surgery?

Typically performed under general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery allowing most patients to return home and begin recovery the same day.

To prevent unnecessary or long-term scarring, avoid the following during recovery:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Smoking
  • Excessive exfoliating or scrubbing
  • Ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Tanning and prolonged sun exposure (use sunscreen even when incisions are covered)
  • Over-the-counter supplements (unless cleared by your surgeon)

While it isn’t necessary to avoid alcohol consumption, it is recommended that you limit it during your recovery process.

Still Have Questions?

A consultation with the highly experienced, board-certified Dr. Lawton can help guide you through any concerns you may have about incisions and scarring. She regularly performs breast augmentations and is ready to answer any questions about the procedure, recovery process, and results.

“I met with Dr. Lawton for a breast augmentation, and still, to this day, have no idea why I didn’t go see her sooner! From my consultation through post-op, Dr. Lawton and her staff were caring and spectacular.

Dr. Lawton prides herself on attention to the smallest detail, as well as beautiful, natural looking enhancements to your body. This is the wonderful experience I had, and the smiles on other patients faces tells the same story.

I continue to visit Dr. Lawton on an ongoing basis for my injectables, and would happily refer anyone to her office!”

LP, Happy Patient



*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about Breast Augmentation? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary

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