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What is the short scar breast augmentation technique?


Breast augmentation short scar technique

Like all areas of surgery, including cosmetic surgery, advancements in breast augmentation techniques have sought to reduce the risks, trauma and scarring inherent with any operation. The resultant advancements have been due to the development of equipment and surgical devices, such as new delivery funnels, retractors and implants.

One of the techniques that specialist plastic surgeon Dr Sharp employs during almost every breast augmentation procedure he performs at our Brisbane hospitals, is commonly known as the ‘short scar’ breast augmentation technique.

This technique provides a reduced incision length and scar for our patients. Read this article from the January 2023 Aesthetic Surgery Journal to learn more about this technique.

Dr David Sharp breast augmentation short scar technique Brisbane

In order to insert the implant, an inframammary incision is made under the breast. In the past, surgeons had to dissect the implant pocket and squeeze an implant through this incision, so they had to make the cut wide enough to accommodate the implant.

However, Dr Sharp is able to make a smaller incision due to his use of a special sleeve to enable narrower insertion of the implant. A tool known as the ‘Keller Funnel’ (which you can watch Dr Sharp use here), allows the smaller incision to be made.

The implant is passed into the chest via the funnel and in most cases, the scars are completely concealed in the fold.


Dr Sharp short breast augmentation scar technique
breast augmentation short scar technique

Above left: six month old breast augmentation scar   |   above right: six month old breast augmentation scar. Photos taken of Dr Sharp’s patients, from underneath with the patient lying down. 

In addition to aesthetic appearance of a shorter scar, the funnel also has safety benefits; it enables the silicone gel implant to be placed into the breast without the need for touching, and with more control by the surgeon.

While Dr Sharp does everything possible to minimise every scar created by his surgery, there are certain circumstances where a short scar incision isn’t possible. This includes some removal and replacement or revision procedures.

All surgery leaves scars. Sometimes patients are prone to keloid or hypertrophic scarring which can be prominent, but steps can be taken post operatively if your post op surgical team is made aware of this – using tape, dressings, topical treatments and possibly laser or fractionated needling therapy. Most patients do not require any scar intervention, but if you want to give your scars the best chance of healing well, follow these 3 steps:

  1. Read the post op instructions your surgeon has provided, and follow them closely.
  2. When your post op care team indicates the time is right, start massaging your scars daily.
  3. Keep your tapes on and wear your clinical support garment as per your post op instructions.
  4. Don’t stretch, over-extend or place pressure on your incision lines; they are under the tension and weight of an implant, so give them support and lots of care!
  5. Support your incisions with a suitable bra. We will explain what to look for in a supportive garment. 

Read more about our approach to breast augmentation surgery as well as benefits, risks and recovery in our Breast Augmentation Guide.

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above: before and five months after breast augmentation surgery with Dr Sharp


The above information is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice. All surgery carries benefits and risks, and we recommend visiting the specific page related to the procedure you are interested in to learn more.