Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed breast enhancement procedure in the United States. Well, there are plenty of reasons why many women and even men become interested to improve their looks. But before anything else, you must know the details that this procedure entails. It will be explained to you by your surgeon so that you would not get disappointed or you would not have an unrealistic wish picture in your mind.
One of the key factors during your consultation with a plastic surgeon is to determine which incision will be the most appropriate for you.
Right now, there are currently four different incisions for breast augmentation. First is the periareolar incision. This means that the incision is performed around the areola. The second incision can be placed here for direct access to the breast for proper placement of an implant. The third incision that some surgeons perform is called the transaxillary incision. It is the incision that is placed around the axilla. A pocket is required to be created for breast implant insertion. The fourth one is what is called a periumbilical breast augmentation.
But you must be informed that you can’t just pick the type of incision that you want the surgeon to do. Choosing the best access depends on multiple factors. The two most commonly performed incisions are the one around the areola and the one under the breast at the inframammary fold. Each one, however, has its own set of benefits and disadvantages.
For example, if the patient has a slight nipple or areola problem like a very enlarged areola or nipple or some sort of minor sagginess, then performing an incision around the areola is ideal, because you can not only place the implant through the areola, but also correct these potential problems without adding an extra incision.