When you hear the term breast augmentation, what first comes to your mind? Is it the scar? How about the risks? As with any other surgery, if you do not fully understand it, you might fall victim to misconceptions and unrealistic results. Though the surgery seems simple especially for a Board certified plastic surgeon, it is always better that you come to the surgical clinic armed with knowledge about your desired procedure. This will also help you formulate a realistic picture in your mind.
When breast augmentation is performed, an incision can be made by the surgeon at the fold for breast implant insertion. The inframammary location is at the lower part of the breast and is also called the mammary fold. When a surgeon takes this approach, the incision is placed at the inframammary fold or lower, depending on the distance between the nipple and fold, taking in consideration a shifting of the incision site once the implant is inserted.
An incision is performed and dissection is continued until the muscle of the breast is identified. The amount of bleeding dissection is much less than in the periareolar approach, decreasing your recovery time and the risk of potential complications related to more extensive dissection. In addition, the risk of sensory loss around the nipple-areolar complex is much less, although this is controversial when you compare to the periareolar approach.
Some surgeons prefer an inframammary fold versus a periareolar approach. Certainly, the fact that the inframammary approach can provide a faster recovery is beneficial when deciding which incision you are planning to use. Nevertheless, you are going to have a scar on the lower part of the breast, which for the most part heals well, but in certain situations, you can develop a wide scar or keloids that might be visible.