If you're thinking about getting breast implants, you're probably also thinking about the routine you'll need to follow to care for your breasts after surgery. One of the things you'll need to do is treat the scars that develop near your incisions. Scars do fade over time, but treating them early can help reduce their appearance.

Things To Consider Pre-Surgery

Before the surgery, it's wise to consider the location of the incisions. There are three different places a surgeon can make an incision for a breast implant: the armpit, around the areola or under the breast, near the fold. The size and appearance of the scars can depend on the incision area.

Many people choose to have their incisions done around the areola, because the darker appearance of this skin helps camouflage the scar. Most likely, your scars will be small—just one inch to an inch-and-a-half each—but you'll want to begin caring for them right away. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to minimize their appearance.

Use the following guide to help you find ways to reduce the look of your scars:

Use Silicone Bandages Or Creams

Applying a bandage or wrap made of silicone every day can keep the scar from getting too thick. These can be purchased over-the-counter at most pharmacies. Your doctor may also suggest a silicone- or cortisone-based cream for the same purpose.

Stay Out Of The Sun

You can reduce the appearance of your scars by staying out of the sun, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, who says UV rays can darken scars.

Apply Pressure And Massage

Applying pressure bandages to the scars and massaging the scars regularly for months may help flatten them, and can be purchased easily at most pharmacies.

Beyond these simple, at-home methods, you can use laser procedures to completely (or nearly) get rid of scars. According to the FDA, medical lasers are common in cosmetic procedures for scar removal.

The steps you can take to minimize the appearance of scars are simple, but carry a big impact. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider to create the plan that works best for you.