Breast augmentation involves a host of important decisions, ranging from the size of your implants to the surgeon who performs your procedure. The site of your incision is also a vital decision and will be discussed at length before your breast augmentation surgery at Landon Plastic Surgery. An incision allows for the safe placement and accurate positioning of your implant, so making the right choice will support and enhance your final results.
The Underarm (Axillary) Incision
As the name suggests, this incision is made in the armpit area rather than the breast area. This is the go-to incision for women who are determined to avoid any scarring on the breasts. However, it does risk leaving a noticeable scar in the armpit instead, especially because a longer incision of about two inches is necessary to place silicone implants.
The Areolar Incision
The areolar incision cannot be used for all women, but it is a valuable type of incision nonetheless. It provides clear visibility of pocket creation and implant positioning while also making it possible to hide the scar with areolar tissue. However, many women prefer not to have their areola area operated on, especially since silicone gel implants require a larger incision than saline implants.
The Inframammary (Breast Fold) Incision
In this implant approach, an incision is made on the underside of each breast right near the breast crease. Saline and silicone implants can both be inserted using the inframammary incision. In fact, most plastic surgeons prefer this method. It provides direct visibility of pocket creation and implant positioning, which in turn allows for maximum precision and versatility. Though it does create a scar on the breast, it is often difficult to see and can usually remain hidden under clothes, swimwear, and bras.
Overall, the best incision method makes it possible to carefully and accurately place the implant under the muscle, since this improves longevity of the breast shape and decreases the incidence of breast hardness. The inframammary incision is the best choice for this, as long as you are comfortable with a minor scar on your breast fold. By working with Dr. Landon and his team at Landon Plastic Surgery, you can examine all of your options and speak at length with Dr. Landon to ensure that he uses the best incision for your specific needs. Call (813) 377-2081 to schedule your free consultation at Landon Plastic Surgery in Tampa or Trinity, Florida.
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