Women who want to enhance their appearance often turn to breast augmentation to get the desired look they want. There are many options for augmenting breast size, shape and overall appearance. Let’s take a look at the common options surgeons have at their disposal.
Some of the most common types of breast augmentation surgery include:
Periareolar Incision: Commonly known as a nipple incision, periareolar incisions are at the outer edge of the areola, following the curve that separates the darker skin of the nipple from the rest of your breast. Once the surgeon makes the incision—usually on the lower semi-circle of the areola— he creates a pocket (either inside the breast or underneath the muscle), the implant slides in through the incision, moves into the center of the pocket.
Inframammary Incision: This crease or fold incision is performed along the bottom of breast, the inframammary incision is placed along the crease or fold of the breast where the breast and skin come together. The surgeon creates a pocket to place the implant, and then slides it upward through the incision site and places it behind the nipple. The inframammary incision may leave a scar along the lower portion of the breast where the bra strap lies; which easily hides under a bra or swimsuit top.
Transaxillary Incision: The armpit incision is in the natural fold of the armpit. The surgeon then creates a channel to the breast. Sometimes the doctor uses an endoscope (small camera) to help guide the surgeon through the incision. The implant is then inserted behind the nipple.
TUBA Incision: TUBA stands for transumbilical breast augmentation. Surgeons use the belly button incision to ensure absolutely no scar tissue on or near the breast. After the incision, the surgeon makes a channel through the fatty tissue of the abdomen. Then uses an endoscope to guide the implant up to the breast. Because this is such a difficult procedure, you should only choose a surgeon that performs TUBA on a regular basis.
As with any surgery, pre-operative testing and anesthesia are also part of the procedure. There are pros and cons to each procedure you should consider. Now that you know about types of breast augmentation surgery commonly available, be sure to discuss with your breast augmentation surgeon the approach that is best for your individual situation.