Many women would like to have larger breasts to improve their body contours and feel more confident. Breast augmentation surgery is a safe and effective way to get enhanced body contours immediately, but many women worry about the surgery. One of the main concerns are the breast augmentation incisions.
Where does the plastic surgeon cut? Will there be scars? Will it be obvious? are questions that Dr. Rast fields quite often in our Kansas City plastic surgery center. The incision can made in the armpit (transaxillary), under the breast (inframammary), or in the nipple (periareolar), depending on patient preference, implant size, and Dr. Rast’s recommendation.
Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision
The incision that is made under the fold of the breast is called an inframammary incision. This is the most common type of breast augmentation incision. Lots of women prefer this type because the scar is easily hidden in the fold of the breast, or by a bra or bikini. Plastic surgeons use this type of incision because they can easily control bleeding and precision, due to the incision being so close to the breast. Another benefit of the inframammary incision is that there is no risk to damaging the nerves of the nipple.
Periareolar Breast Augmentation Incision
The periareolar incision is when the plastic surgeon cuts along the outer edge of the areola of the nipple. Periareolar incisions are typically very easily hidden because of the darker color of the areola. With proper healing, this type of incision can be virtually invisible. Like the inframammary incision, because this incision is so close to where the implant will be placed, plastic surgeons can easily control bleeding and have incredible precision with placing the implant.
Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision
For an incision hidden inside the folds of the armpit, the transaxillary method is available. Dr. Rast makes a small incision in the armpit, then a tunnel to the breast is created which the implant is sent through. Typically, saline implants are used since those can be inserted unfilled, then filled once they are in place. This keeps the incision and scar very small and far away from the breasts, leaving the breast looking untouched. This method is also a great option for women who would like to breastfeed in the future, as there is less risk of damage to the mammary glands. There is a small risk of nerve damage and excess bleeding since the incision point is much further away from the breast.
Schedule An Appointment in Kansas City
Call Dr. Rast at (913) 451-3722 or contact us online to learn more about the incisions and your options with breast augmentation. Our plastic surgery team will walk you through the breast augmentation procedure and help you achieve a natural, beautiful look based on your personal goals.
Our offices are conveniently and privately located on the outskirts of Kansas City, KS.