WHAT TYPE OF BREAST AUGMENTATION INCISION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Having incision indecision?
Let us help with you that. Deciding on the type of incision for your breast augmentation is crucial for the success of your surgery. It’s a common misconception that the types of incisions are left in the hands of the doctor. Sure, plastic surgeons can do that. But if you want to be happy with the output, you have to be part of the decision making process.
Why? Simply because where the incision is made, the scar will be there too.
While Dr. Beale is highly trained to perform breast augmentation surgeries that will produce minimal scarring, you’ll still want your scars to be less visible especially in the first few weeks to months after getting your breast implants.
So to help you decide, let’s look at the three types of incisions that are commonly used in breast augmentation, what they are and what areas they are made. This way, you’ll be able to make the right decision before your surgery.
- Inframammary Incision
This type of incision is made under the breast specifically at the crease where the lower part of the breast meets the rib cage. Many surgeons prefer this type of incision because it provides easy access to the space where your breast implant will be inserted. One advantageous thing about this inframammary fold incision is that if there is any major revision surgery needed, this will be helpful.
The downside, however, is that post-surgery scars are a little visible than the other incision types. But the scars can be easily hidden by clothes. That being said, if your profession doesn’t require flashing more skin in the chest, then choosing this incision will be fine.
If you’re going to have ‘gummy bear’ breast implants, then the inframammary incision is most ideal as this gives a firmer texture.
- Periareolar Incision
This cut is done around the nipple along the lower part of areola. Because of areolas’ darker color, it’s easier to camouflage the incision scars. You’re probably wondering if a periareolar incision will cause a loss of sensation in your nipples. The truth is it doesn’t. What causes a loss of nipple sensation is wrong choice of implant size. Choosing a bigger size than the incision can affect sensation.
- Transaxillary Incision
In this incision, a cut is made in the crease or wrinkle of the underarm, making scar well hidden. This is why it’s a popular choice. The placement will be a little difficult, but Dr. Beale has performed many successful breast implants using this technique.
What incision should I choose?
The choice will be up to you unless your choice of implants or your body will limit your choices. In deciding, you must look in to several factors such as your lifestyle. For example, if you plan on having a baby, a periareola incision might not be best for you as this will impair breast feeding.
A good place to start is to look at Dr. Beale’s previous patients who had the same implants as what you’re planning to get and look of their scars. This will give you an idea on what is good for you. You can also consult with Dr. Beale at the pros and cons of each incision based on your body and desired output.