The Different Types Of Incisions Used For Breast Implants

There are many things to consider when deciding to get breast implants. One must choose the type of implants they want and how much they wish to increase the size of their breasts. However, it is also important to discuss which incision the surgeon feels is best for putting the implants in place. These are the different types of incisions used for breast implant surgery.

Under the Breast Incision

This incision is made in the bottom crease of the breast where the breast attaches to the skin that covers the rib cage. Some surgeons prefer this type of incision because it gives them easier control of placement of the implant and allows the implant to be inserted below or above the pectoral muscle. Bleeding is also easier controlled with this incision and any scarring is usually hidden by the breast or wearing a bra or bikini top. However, this incision may also cause damage to the milk ducts of the breast and is not normally recommended for women who plan on breastfeeding in the future.

Under the Armpit Incision

An incision can be made under the armpits for breast implants as well. This type of incision is more suitable for those who prefer a smaller implant size. When the incision is made, the surgeon can go in from the outer sides of the breast to place the implant in a pocket he has made in the natural tissue of the breast. There are no outside incisions made directly on the breast and the natural fold of the armpit when the arms are down make the incision scar less noticeable. 

Around the Areola

The darker area around the nipple, known as the areola, is another place where breast implant incisions can be made. This is usually done on the lower edge of the areola. After the incision is made, a pocket behind the nipple, either above or below the pectoral muscle, is made to place the implant in. Like the incision under the breast, this incision allows for better control of bleeding and more symmetrical placement of the implants. Although, damage may also occur to milk ducts, so this may not be the best choice for one who plans on breastfeeding.

Another type of incision that is not as commonly used is known as the TUBA method. This is the trans-umbilical breast augmentation procedure. This involves an incision being made in the navel, an empty implant being inserted from the navel up to the breast and then inflating the implant once it is in place. Some patients prefer this method because the small scarring is only visible in the navel. However, it is sometimes harder to get the breasts to look symmetrical when working from the belly button.

Contact a cosmetic surgeon for more information about breast implant surgery.