Breast Augmentation Incision Options
When you’ve made the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery, you’re ready to take on a new body shape that makes you feel good inside and out. In consultation with your doctor, you can choose the location of the incision through which the doctor places your breast implants. This is an important decision that impacts your recovery time and the physical results of your plastic surgery.
Wichita plastic surgeon Dr. Stacy L. Peterson performs breast augmentation through three possible incision sites. Factors to consider include the size and shape of your natural breasts, the type of implants, whether you plan to breastfeed, and the visibility of scars. While examining before and after photos of other patients is important, doing what’s best for your body is the ultimate goal.
This technique is used most often and it is less visible. The inframammary incision site is located under the fold of the breasts. It’s easier for the surgeon to place the implants in the right spot because of direct access at the incision site. Both silicone and saline implants are inserted using this technique.
If you need to have another breast surgery, for example in the event of complications from your first procedure or to change the size of implants, your surgeon can reenter from the same incision site. Access through the breast fold often results in a faster healing time.
During this type of procedure, the incision is made around the nipple at the edges of the areola. Typically the scar is not noticeable because of the difference in color between the areola and the surrounding skin.
The areolar approach is used less often, it can cause an increase in permanent numbness of the nipple and it is extremely difficult to get a silicone implant into such a small incision. It is typically only used with saline implants. It is not an option for everyone. Patients with small areolas cannot get silicone implants using this technique. In addition, since the site is close to where milk is produced, some patients prefer a different option to avoid breastfeeding issues or nipple sensitivity.
Speak With a Wichita Surgeon About Your Options
Ultimately, your physiology, medical history, and personal preferences will weigh heavily on your choice of a breast augmentation surgery incision site. Patients in Kansas can receive qualified medical advice right here in Wichita. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Dr. Stacy L. Peterson, M.D., for a consultation.