Different Incision Approaches to Breast Augmentation

As the name suggests, breast augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a procedure designed to increase the size of one’s breasts. This increase is obtained through either saline or silicone implants with teardrop or round shapes. The surgery requires incisions through which the implant can be placed, with the scars fading over time.

Surgical Approaches

The surgical procedure will require an hour or two to complete. General anesthesia will be used during the procedure. Incisions will be made for placing the implants. These incisions can be made in different places depending on the desired outcome.

  • Transaxillary incision (i.e., in your armpit): The incisions are made in your armpits’ natural folds. Then, a channel is created from your armpit to your breast. An endoscope may be utilized. It is an instrument which has a light and camera attached to its end to provide good visibility. The greatest advantage of this type of procedure is that there will be no visible scars on your breasts.
  • Inframammary incision (i.e., in the creases that are present on your breast’s underside): In this method, incisions will be made under your breasts, near the inframammary fold. In addition to helping achieve proper placement of implants, such incisions also minimize the visibility of any scars. This technique provides very good visibility for the surgeon as he/she works in an area that is very close to your breast.
  • Periareolar incision (i.e., around your areola): The areola is the dark skin that surrounds your nipple. An incision made around your areolas can be hidden in the transition area between the dark skin and the rest of your breast. Just as in the case of inframammary incision, this procedure allows for precise placement of implants. Further, it also helps a great deal in controlling bleeding.
  • Transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA): Sometimes, saline implants can be placed through an incision in your navel by means of a minimally invasive surgery. This is called TUBA.

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