Incisional Approaches in Breast Augmentation Surgery

implant-incisionIt is not surprising to learn that breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States today. Now more than ever before, women are choosing plastic surgery to enhance and improve the size, shape, feel, and appearance of their breasts. Women no longer have to live with breasts that are not the same size, with breasts that have begun to sag, with breasts that are too small, or with breasts that are misshapen. Through breast augmentation, we can effectively address all of these cosmetic issues.

The first and most important step in any cosmetic procedure is choosing a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. A.M. Yenikomshian is a board-certified cosmetic and plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience. He has dedicated his professional life to helping patients enhance and improve their physical appearance. Dr. A.M. Yenikomshian understands the delicate nature of cosmetic surgery. He has the skill to help you realize the full potential of your outward beauty and achieve the feminine contours you desire.

Breast Augmentation Incisions

There are many options to consider when undergoing breast augmentation, including incision type. Understandably, many of our San Jose plastic surgery patients do not find breast implant incision types as exciting to consider as breast implant size. While true, incision type is an important factor to consider when undergoing breast augmentation. With each breast augmentation incision type there are advantages and disadvantages. When determining the incision type that is best we will consider your individual needs as well as your unique body contours. For our patients in San Jose, breast augmentation incision types include the inframammary incision, the transaxillary incision, and the periareolar incision.

Breast Augmentation Incisions: Inframammary

The inframammary incision is among the most popular breast augmentation incisions performed today. This incision type is made along the natural crease of the breast (where the breast and the chest come together). The incision is made close to the inframammary fold under the breast. Using the inframammary incision, breast implants may be placed subglandular or submuscular.

One of the greatest advantages to this incision type is that any scarring that occurs is naturally hidden under the natural crease of the breast. Patients can wear a swimsuit top or a bra without fear of their breast augmentation scars showing. Another advantage is that the inframammary incision allows for greater control of implant placement during surgery.

Breast Augmentation Incisions: Transaxillary

The transaxillary incision (under the arm) is made in the armpit. An advantage to this incision type is that it eliminates any risk of scarring on the actual breast. While there is no scarring on the breast itself, there will still be scarring under the arm. The placement of silicone breast implants can be more difficult using the transaxillary incision. This incision type can be more difficult to perform than other breast augmentation techniques. Another downside to the transaxillary incision is that it cannot be used again during revision surgery.

Breast Augmentation Incisions: Periareolar

The periareolar incision places the incision in the skin located near the areola of the breast. An advantage to the periareolar incision is that both saline and silicone breast implants may be used with this incision type. Subglandular and submuscular placement may also be used. One of the greatest benefits of the periareolar incision is that the scar tends to heal well using this incision. One of the disadvantages is that some women experience loss of sensation with this incision type. Another disadvantage of the periareolar incision is that it carries a higher risk of infection than other incision types.

Contact the Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

To learn more about breast augmentation incision types, or to schedule a personal consultation, please contact the Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today.

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Incisional Approaches in Breast Augmentation Surgery