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The Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision: What You Should Know

By Peter Fisher, MD on December 17, 2015

A woman in a white bra and pantiesPatients can count on Dr. Peter Fisher to help them make smart choices about plastic surgery. A leading San Antonio cosmetic surgeon, he takes time to address a patient's concerns and answer questions.

Providing detailed information on surgery is especially important when it comes to breast augmentation surgery, which uses silicone or saline implants to improve breast size. Let's look at one method of performing breast enlargement: the inframammary breast augmentation technique.

About the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision

The inframammary breast augmentation technique is one of the most effective and often-used means of placing breast implants. This incision method involves a single lateral incision made on the crease where the underside of the breast meets the patient's chest. Through this incision, a breast implant can be inserted and positioned in order to enhance a patient's contours and curves.

Saline and Silicone Breast Implants Can Be Used

Inframammary breast augmentation allows for a great deal of versatility when it comes to the surgical procedure itself. A plastic surgeon can use either silicone or saline breast implants to perform the surgery. There are no limitations with regard to implant composition, unlike certain other surgical techniques.

Plastic Surgeons Have More Options for Optimal Surgery

In addition to being able to use saline breast implants as well as silicone breast implants, plastic surgeons are also given a great amount of ability to manipulate and position the implant as needed. This is due to the proximity of the incision to the mammary gland and chest muscle. If a patient has special requirements for the placement of the implants, the inframammary incision will help ensure that those requirements are met in some fashion.

How Big Is the Incision/Scar from Inframammary Surgery?

Incision size can vary from patient to patient based on implant size, the patient's overall body contour, and so forth. With that said, plastic surgeons always strive to make small incisions so that patients heal better and that scarring is minimized.

Will the Surgical Scar Fade with Time?

That may depend on the patient. Some patients have serious issues with post-surgical scarring, and have experienced problems with upraised, discoloration of the skin around the incision, and major problems with scar tissue.

If patients run a risk of poor scarring, then another surgical method can be considered.

Alternatives to Inframammary Breast Augmentation

There are three other kinds of surgical methods that are commonly used to perform breast augmentation surgery. These are as follows:

  • Areola Breast Augmentation Incisions – In this type of surgery, the incision is made around the areola, which is the portion of skin surrounding the nipple. Both silicone and saline breast implants can be used.

  • Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incisions – In this type of surgery, the incision is made in the patient's armpit. Only saline breast implants can be used.

  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Incisions – In this type of surgery, the incision is made in the patient's belly button. Only saline breast implants can be used.

Customizing Surgery to the Needs of the Patient

Obviously each patient has different needs, and it's important to us that these needs are properly met and addressed. During your consultation at the practice, we will be sure to go over all options for care and help you make the best possible decisions with regard to your breast augmentation options.

Contact San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery and how it can help you look your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Peter Fisher will help you look your absolute best.

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