Incisions Used in the Breast Augmentation Procedure
By The Landings Surgical Centre on November 12, 2013
Breasts are an integral part of a woman’s physique. Many factors contribute to the appearance of breasts, including weight loss or gain, childbirth, genetics, and the aging process. As a result, a number of Nova Scotia women are dissatisfied with their breast appearance in regards to their shape, size, or symmetry. A breast augmentation procedure can help to improve the overall look and feel of sagging or asymmetrical breasts, helping women regain beautiful breasts and their confidence!
A number of different incisions can be used during breast augmentation, depending on your doctor’s preference along with the results you wish to achieve. It is important to discuss all options with your plastic surgeon prior to undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
Incision Options for Breast Augmentation
In most cases, incision placement for breast augmentation surgery will boil down to patient preference. There are both pros and cons to each incision site option, each of which should be considered carefully prior to proceeding with the surgery. In most cases, your surgeon may have an incision technique that he or she prefers to use, although he or she may also possess knowledge on how to perform each one.
The incision that is used will also be dependent on the type of implant you select. For example, pre-filled silicone gel implants have more incisional limitations than saline implants that can be filled once they are already placed inside the breast. Whichever type of implant you choose, understanding the different types of incisions will help patients make the best decision for their surgery.
- Transaxillary: This incision is made under the arm. An endoscope, which is a lighted camera, is then inserted through the incision, traveling to the chest area to make a breast pocket. In most cases, this incisional approach is used when patients are having saline breast implants placed. One of the major advantages is that there is no visible scar created.
- Periarealor: This is the most concealed type of incision, because the incision is made around the areola, an area that camouflages the resulting scar. Since this approach involves an incision near the nerves and milk ducts, it increases the risk of breastfeeding problems and loss of nipple sensation.
- Inframammary: This incision is the most common and is made directly beneath the fold of your breast. This approach is not as concealed as other incision options, but provides the surgeon greater control over creation of the implant pocket and implant placement.
- Transumbilical: This incision is made in the umbilical channel or belly button. It is a newer and highly specialized procedure that should only be completed by a surgeon who is skilled in this technique. Saline implants can be used in this technique, but pre-filled silicone implants can’t be placed via the transumbilical approach.
It is important for breast augmentation patients to maintain realistic expectations throughout the procedure. The best candidates are those who are looking for an improvement, not perfection.
Learn More about Breast Augmentation Incision Sites
Make drooping, sagging, and asymmetrical breasts a thing of your past! Undergoing a breast augmentation procedure can help you achieve the bust line you’ve always dreamed about. To learn more about breast augmentation, contact The Landings Surgical Center today to schedule a consultation.
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