If you are considering breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement, you should be aware that you have many options for getting the best breast augmentation for you. You can try to achieve a subtle result that looks as natural as possible, or you can go for a dramatic, eye-catching result. You have many breast implant options, options about the placement of the breast implant, and you also have options about which breast augmentation incision should be used in your surgery.
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Breast Augmentation Incisions
The incision is made to allow the formation of the pocket for the breast implant and then the insertion of the breast implant. There are three different incisions for breast augmentation:
- Inframammary (at the breast crease)
- Periareolar (below the areola)
- Transaxillary (in the armpit)
All options have their benefits and potential drawbacks. Deciding which one is best for you depends on you, your breasts, your goals, and other decisions you make about your breast augmentation.
Choosing a Breast Augmentation Incision
The inframammary incision is the most common incision used for breast augmentation. This incision is made at the breast crease, where the breast meets the chest. It is well-concealed by the breast and by clothing, including swimsuits and underwear. If you are looking to improve uneven breasts or the shape of your breasts, this may be the best incision for you because it allows better visibility and direct working on the breast tissue. The inframammary incision is also recommended for breast augmentation with silicone breast implants.
The periareolar incision is made at the lower edge of the areola, the colored skin around the nipple. It is well-concealed by the change in color, height, and texture. For many women, this incision gives the most invisible scars. This incision also allows for very precise formation of the implant pocket. The periareolar incision can be used with either silicone or saline breast implants.
The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit and is often requested by women who don’t want any scars anywhere on their breasts. In this procedure, the breast pocket is formed using an endoscope, a combination of tiny tools and a camera that allow your surgeon to operate remotely. The transaxillary incision can be used with either saline or silicone implants.
To learn more about breast augmentation incisions and which might be right for you, please schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons at Gawley Plastic Surgery in Phoenix, Arizona.
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