Understanding Placement And Incision For Breast ImplantsPosted on July 26, 2022
Incisions made during breast implant surgery are made at hidden and inconspicuous locations. This is to ensure that the resultant scarring is barely noticeable. There are several factors that need to be considered in determining the best location for the incisions and implants. This includes the type of breast implants used, size and shape of the implant, and the patient’s unique anatomy.
Typically, there are three available choices for breast augmentation incision and implant placement, which your surgeon will discuss with you during your initial consultation. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast augmentation surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding communities.
Inframammary Incision and Implant Placement
The inframammary approach or the crease incision is a popular approach for breast augmentation surgery. The opening is created under the breast where the breast meets the chest wall within the inframammary fold. The crease is concealed in most women. An opening along the fold under the breast will be created by the surgeon. This will form a pocket for the placement of the implants.
This approach is preferred because it lends greater control and allows for precise positioning of the implant. Patients can conceal the scar and there is no impact on nipple sensation. You don’t need to worry about complications related to breastfeeding as well.
A notable drawback of this technique in breast augmentation plastic surgery is that the scar becomes visible when a woman lies down on her back.
Areolar or Peri-areolar Incision and Implant Placement
An incision is placed around the areola (areolar) or a semi-circle incision is made on the lower half of the nipple (peri-areolar). The implant is inserted through the opening made and adjusted into position.
The opening is typically small and heals well. It creates nearly invisible and well-concealed scar that blends with the texture and color variations of the nipple. Any remaining scarring will not be visible if you have a bra on. The incision provides a more central access which allows the surgeon to precisely position the implant.
The procedure is not suitable in women with small nipples. There can be complications while breastfeeding since the surgery involves the milk ducts. There may be decreased sensation in the nipple region as well since the peri-areolar incision cuts the nerves in the area.
Transaxillary Incision and Implant Placement
An incision is made in the armpit and is ideal for patients that don’t require a breast lift, have never had a breast augmentation cosmetic surgery before, and prefer a saline implant. The implant is placed in the chest wall through a pocket made in the armpit.
A major benefit is that the scarring is well-concealed. In fact, this procedure is chosen because patients don’t want scarring near their breasts.
The surgeon is unable to directly feel or look at the breast tissue. This lowers the overall control and precision while inserting the implant. In addition, there is noticeable armpit scarring, which can make shaving and wearing sleeveless tops difficult.
Reliable cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for breast augmentation surgery.
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