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How long should scars from a breast augmentation take to heal?
Studies have shown that the average plastic surgery scar is pink for 7 months. However breast implant scars should heal nicely and quickly. In general expect your scars to be red initially, fade to pink over the first 6 weeks and gradually become white over the following 3-6 months.
If your scars are red, raised, and itchy at 3-4 weeks, some form of scar therapy such as silicone sheeting or non-ablative fractional erbium laser treatments can help.
Dear Ms. Oliveri,
The duration for normal scar healing process until the scar is “mature” is a long one – at least 9 months and up to 2 years, depending on the location of your scars and how your body heals. Infection or wound breakdown may delay the process and result in suboptimal scars. Close follow up with your plastic surgeon is important to determine if you are healing normally and if any intervention is indicated, such as with hypertrophic scars.
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson
Scars typically take between 1 and 2 years to fully mature. The ideal scar is flat, narrow and white. In the beginning the scar will be pink and over time will fade to white. In our office we use Quill sutures, which help produce good quality scars, as well as paper tape on the scar for 3 months after surgery. Products such as Mederma, ScarGuard and BioCorneum are also helpful.
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