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Breast Implant Incision Options

Posted Aug 16, 2013 by Stephen Greenberg, MD

Breast Implant / Augmentation Surgery Incision MethodsIf you want to look your absolute best, it's crucial that you eat right, exercise regularly, and take care of your skin. Doing all of that can go a long way, but sometimes it can take a bit more in order for you to really unlock the best possible aesthetic results. That's where a plastic surgeon can help. One especially effective treatment option that does what exercise, diet, and skin care can't is breast augmentation surgery.

About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure in which breast implants are placed into the breasts in order to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. It's one of the most popular cosmetic surgery options available today, will millions all over the world seeking it out for improving their femininity and figure.

There are different kinds of breast implants available, and there are also different kinds of incisions methods out there that can be used to achieve a contour enhancement of the breasts.

Why Different Incisions are Used

Patients have different needs and different goals, and surgeons have various means of meeting those goals in regards to scarring and surgical procedures. When placing breast implants, we will always work to minimize visible scarring. There are a few different incision methods that can be used, though the right one for a patient will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Type of breast implants to be used
  • Size of the breast implants
  • Patient's body type

Let's now briefly list the kinds of breast augmentation incisions that may be beneficial to you and your needs.

Periareolar Breast Augmentation Surgery

Periareolar breast augmentation surgery refers to incisions that are made around the areola, the skin that surrounds the nipple. Though these incisions are somewhat visible, they will fade with time. Some patients have virtually undetectable periareolar incisions.

Inframammary Breast Augmentation Surgery

Another common method that a cosmetic plastic surgeon can use for placing breast implants is inframammary breast augmentation. The inframammary incision is made on the underside crease of the breast where the breast meets the chest.

Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery

Transaxillary breast augmentation surgery refers to a surgical method in which the breast implant is placed via an incision located in the arm pit. This type of surgery conceals the implant scar quite well, though it can only be used when a patient gets saline breast implants.

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) Surgery

Transumbilical breast augmentation surgery refers to a surgical method in which the breast implant is placed via an incision in the belly button. This is one of the best methods of concealing a surgical scar, though like transaxillary surgery, it can only be performed on patients receiving saline breast implants.

Learn More About Breast Implants

For more information about breast augmentation surgery, breast implants, and your many other options out there for breast enhancement, be sure to contact our New York cosmetic plastic surgery centers today. With offices in Manhattan, Southampton, and Woodbury, we will be able to help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals and allow you to make the smartest decision for your particular situation as well.

Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery
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Manhattan, NY 10016
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Woodbury, NY 11797
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Southampton, NY 11968
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Boca Raton, FL 33486
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