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The Pros and Cons of Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incisions

By Constance M. Barone, M.D. on October 12, 2015

A woman in a black braDr. Constance Barone is one of the finest plastic surgeons based in San Antonio. She performs excellent surgery at her practice that enhance looks and improves lives in the process. A number of patients, for instance, have benefited from the aesthetic enhancements of breast augmentation surgery, using implants to improve curves and body contour.

There are many ways that a breast augmentation surgery can be performed. Let's focus on once surgical technique in particular: the inframammary breast augmentation method.

What Is an Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision?

An inframammary breast augmentation incision is one of the more common incision options when it comes to placing breast implants. This incision is commonly located along the crease of the underside of the breast, where the bottom of the breast meets the chest. Through this incision, a plastic surgeon is able to place and position a breast implant and help a patient look her absolute best in the process.

The Advantages of the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision

The primary advantage of the inframammary breast augmentation incision is that it allows surgeons a great deal of control when it comes placing breast implants. The chest muscle and breast tissue can both be manipulated with ease in order to create a pocket to accommodate the breast implant.

In addition, surgeons are able to use both silicone breast implants and saline breast implants when they are placed using an inframammary incision. There is no restriction on implant type, unlike other kinds of incision methods.

The Disadvantages of the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision

The primary disadvantage of inframammary breast augmentation incisions is that they are made on the breast itself. Many patients would prefer to avoid this kind of incision since there is some scarring involved. Given, the scar is on the underside of the breast, but limiting scars is always most ideal.

What Is Scarring Like After Surgery?

Scarring after surgery can vary from patient to patient. Since the incision is on the underside of the breast, the scar is concealed by the vast majority of undergarments, bathing suits, and tops. Over time, scars will fade and become less noticeable, and surgeons work carefully to make their incisions as small as possible.

That said, some patients may experience issues with upraised scarring or discolored scarring after surgery. The reasons for this tend to be genetic in nature. The potentially for serious scarring can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Alternatives to Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incisions

If the inframammary incision is not ideal for you and your aesthetic goals, there are three other incision options that are common as alternatives:

  • Areola Breast Augmentation Incisions – Incision made around the areola. Silicone and saline breast implants can be used.
  • Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incisions – Incision made in the armpit. Only saline breast implants can be used.
  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Incisions – Incision made in the belly button. Only saline breast implants can be used.

During your consultation at the practice, we will be able to go over these matters with you in much greater detail.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and which surgical technique might be best for you and your needs, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Constance Barone and her entire team will help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals,

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San Antonio, TX 78240

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