Surgical Techniques of Breast Augmentation
March 21, 2011
Breast augmentation surgery involves the insertion of either saline or silicone breast implants to restore breast volume. This can be done after weight loss or pregnancy or to achieve your desire for fuller breasts. You will have to make many decisions about your implants, all of which you should discuss with a board-certified breast surgeon, like Dr. Scott E. Newman.
Your Three Options
In an important part of a breast augmentation procedure is the surgical technique used to place your breast implants. During a breast augmentation procedure, Dr. Newman may insert the implant in one of four different ways:
- Inframammary (under the breast) – This is the most common technique used as it leaves no visible scars and presents less risk to milk production because neither the glandular tissue nor innervation is affected
- Transaxillary (under the arm) – Breast implants are placed below the pectoral muscles and any impact to milk production is usually minimal
- Periareolar (around the areola) – This incision is often used by breast surgeons to hide scarring but can result in considerable duct, glandular and nerve damage that may impede milk production
You should discuss the pros and cons of each of these options with Dr. Newman to determine the best technique to match your ultimate goals.