Many woman who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts, whether due to size or loss of volume from weight loss or pregnancy, turn to breast augmentation to restore their self esteem. Breast augmentation has helped many women feel more feminine and confident by increasing cup size and improving the appearance of the bust line. Breast size is just one of many factors to consider when deciding if breast augmentation is right for you. Dr. Brian Burns provides private consultations to educate patients about the different incision options available, including the inframammary breast augmentation incision. Contact our Victoria, TX practice today to discover which incision option is right for your needs.
The Inframammary Incision Technique
When the inframammary incision is used to place breast implants, incisions are made beneath the breast, in the fold where the breast meets the chest wall. Once the incision is created beneath each breast, a saline or silicone implant may be inserted beneath or above the chest muscle.
The inframammary incision helps hide scarring by discreetly placing the incision within the natural fold of the breast. The inframammary incision does not completely mask scars, but scarring is less visible by being placed beneath the breast.
Recovery after Inframammary Incision Breast Augmentation
Regardless of the type of incision used, some time for recovery will be needed after breast augmentation. Following surgery, patients should expect to feel some amount of discomfort, swelling, and bruising as a result of the breast tissues and muscles being manipulated during surgery. Pain, swelling, and bruising should decrease as the body heals. Pain or swelling that becomes worse may be a sign of infection and should be brought to your doctor's attention as soon as possible to reduce the risk of complication. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for four weeks, or until advised by their surgeon, but many are recovered enough to return to work and light activity within a week or two of surgery.
The Advantages of the Inframammary Incision Technique
The inframammary incision method provides many advantages, making it a popular incision choice for many women. Scars are well hidden beneath the breasts, especially when wearing a bra or bikini top, unlike the transaxillary incision made in the underarm.
The inframammary incision provides more control for surgical placement of the breast implants, creating great results and breast symmetry. The inframammary incision may also be reopened in the event implant revision is needed. Additionally, the inframammary incision does not pose a risk of nerve damage to the nipples, which is a potential risk of the areolar incision.
The Disadvantages of the Inframammary Incision Technique
There are some disadvantages of the inframammary incision to be aware of when deciding which technique is right for your needs. Using an inframammary incision can make changing breast implant size an issue. Although the same inframammary incision can be reopened and used to place a larger pair of implants, this can cause the scar to move on the breasts, making it more visible. If smaller implants are placed, the scar may show beneath the fold of the breast.
Is the Inframammary Incision Right for You?
For more information about breast augmentation, or to find out if the inframammary incision is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns.