The Areolar Breast Augmentation Incision Method: Is It Right for Me?
By Kenneth Smart Jr. on October 29, 2015
Dr. Ken Smart is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the greater Dallas area. He always strives to help patients look their best using advanced surgical techniques. His goals it to help you look and feel your best.
One of the most popular surgical options at his practice is breast augmentation surgery, which uses implants to enhance the bustline. There are many ways that the surgery can be performed, and we'd like to consider one of them right now: the areola incision method.
About the Areola Breast Augmentation Surgery Method
Areola breast augmentation surgery involves an incision that is made around the patient's areola. This is the darker patch of skin around a patient's nipple. A common way of performing breast augmentation surgery, a cosmetic surgeon is able to place an implant and position it with generally good control using this incision method.
The Advantages of the Areola Breast Augmentation Surgery Method
The primary advantage of areola breast augmentation surgery is that it provides a cosmetic surgeon with a fair amount of control and versatility when placing breast implants. Both silicone and saline breast implants can be placed using this incision technique, and a surgeon is able to create a breast pocket and properly position a breast implant with relative ease.
The Disadvantages of the Areola Breast Augmentation Surgery Method
The main disadvantage of the areola breast augmentation method is that an incision is made on the breast itself. What's more, the incision is in a rather prominent part of the breast. Given the prominent location of the incision for surgery, patients may not be able to wear certain bathing suits or undergarments if they would like to keep scarring concealed. Patients with concerns about scarring will likely want to consider an alternative surgical technique.
What is the scarring like after areola breast augmentation surgery?
This can vary from patient to patient, though in general the scarring after areola breast augmentation surgery is minimal and artfully concealed. The incision is made along the edge of the areola, which means visible scarring is minimized. Scars fade with time, and so visible scarring may fade away after a few years. Surgeons always work to ensure as little scarring as possible.
That said, some patients may experience more prominent scarring as a result of genetics or health conditions. In such cases, other methods for performing surgery should be considered.
Alternatives of Areola Breast Augmentation Surgery
There are three other ways that cosmetic surgeons commonly make incisions during breast augmentation surgery. They are as follows:
- Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incisions – This breast augmentation technique involves an incision on the underside of the breast where the breast meets the chest. Both silicone and saline breast implants can be used.
- Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incisions – This breast augmentation technique involves an incision in the armpit. Only saline breast implants can be used.
- Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Incisions – This breast augmentation technique involves an incision in the belly button. Only saline breast implants can be used.
Which breast augmentation surgery method is best for me?
In order to achieve the best aesthetic results, it's important that surgeries be carefully tailored to the needs of the patient. We can go overall all options for breast enhancement in greater detail during your visit to the practice.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery
For more information about breast augmentation and how it can help you look and feel your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Ken Smart and his entire team look forward to your visit and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
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