Breast implants: incision types and options

October 24, 2013 0

Your plastic surgeon will help you make very important decisions as to the type of implants you are going to have, their preferred size and shape. Another vital step in your rapid recovery after breast augmentation is choosing the type of incision that will be made for the insertion of the implant. The better this choice is, the smoother the procedure will go and the shorter your recovery process will be.

Some surgeons prefer a specific surgical technique irrespective of the case, while others will recommend an incision option depending on each individual woman. In this post we will provide detailed information about the four most common types of breast implant incisions along with their benefits and side effects. This information is to enlighten you only. Make your final decision based on your doctor’s recommendations.

breast implants incision types

One of the incision options is breast augmentation areola incision. If your surgeon uses this surgical technique, he will make the incision around the outline of the areola (the brown or pink colored skin that surrounds the nipple). In this case your surgeon will aim at making the incision between the dark-colored area of the areola and its surrounding skin. As a result, scarring will be almost invisible. However, areola incision has one major disadvantage – it can lead to loss of nipple sensation after breast augmentation.

Another incision option is called inframmary incision. It’s made along the bottom of breast in the area where the breast and skin come together. In this case your surgeon will create a pocket to insert the implant. This type of breast implant incision has one serious disadvantage – it leaves scars along the lower area of your breasts. These scars can be easily camouflaged. An important benefit of the inframmary incision is that it gives your surgeon the possibility to work as close to the breast as possible. As a result, you get most accurate implant placement.

Transaxillary breast augmentation incision is another option available. This type of incision is also called armpit incision – because it’s made in the fold of the armpit tissue. In certain cases your surgeon will need an endoscope (a small tube with surgical light and camera) to perform transaxillary incision during breast augmentation procedure. A lot of women consider this type of incision because it leaves very little scarring. However, you should know that transaxillary incision is associated with asymmetry in the breast implant position.

breast augmentation incision options

Some plastic surgeons suggest tuba incision to their patients. In this case your doctor makes the cut on the rim of the navel, and underneath the skin through a tunnel of fatty tissue. This option also implies using endoscope for the sake of a very precise incision. You should know that tuba incision is a blind procedure, which makes the surgeon depend greatly on the endoscope to find the implant placement. As a result, the risk of asymmetry is rather high. However, there are pros of this incision option, one of them being no postoperative scarring at all.



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