If you are looking to enhance the appearance of your breasts, you may be considering breast augmentation. Breast augmentation helps those who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts achieve a fuller, shapelier bust line. Before undergoing breast augmentation, it's important to be aware of the different types of incisions used for breast augmentation. During patient consultations, Dr. Brian F. Burns explains the different incision types, including areolar breast augmentation incision, at his Victoria, TX practice. To find out which incision type is right for your breast augmentation needs, contact our practice today.
What Is an Areolar Incision?
The areolar incision, or peri-areolar incision, is one of four different types of incision methods used to perform breast augmentation. The areolar incision was designed to reduce the visibility of post-surgical scarring by hiding the incision within the border of the areola. Scarring appears less obvious thanks to the natural difference in color between the areola, the darker tissue around the nipple, and the surrounding breast tissue.
How Is the Areolar Incision Performed?
When breast augmentation is performed using an areolar incision, a small incision is made along a portion of the areola's border. After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into the breasts, either over or under the chest muscle. Upon achieving the desired location and placement, the areolar incision is sutured closed and the breasts are bandaged.
Recovery after Breast Augmentation
Regardless of the incision type, breast augmentation requires some time for recovery. With the areolar incision, patients should allow at least a week before returning to work, but keep in mind that a full recovery may take up to six weeks. It's important that patients don’t over exert themselves before a full recovery is made. Patients should consult their doctor before returning to heavy exercise or other strenuous activities in order to avoid serious complications.
As with any surgery, patients can expect some side effects after areolar breast augmentation, including pain, swelling, and bruising during the first few days or so. The breast tissues and chest muscles may also feel sore and tender from manipulation during surgery and while they adjust to the breast implants. Most pain and discomfort can be alleviated with prescribed pain medication and ice packs, and should begin to resolve as the body heals.
The Advantages of the Areolar Incision
Many women choose the areolar incision for their breast augmentation due to it's many advantages, including:
- Scarring is less visible: With the areolar incision, scars are hidden along the natural border of the areola, making them less noticeable than other incision types.
- Greater surgical control: The risk of breast implant asymmetry is reduced with the areolar incision technique because it provides greater surgical control of implant placement.
- Implants can be placed in any plane: With the areolar incision, surgeons can place the breast implant in any plane, like under the chest muscle, over the chest muscle, or partially under the chest muscle.
The Disadvantages of the Areolar Incision
There are some potential risks of the areolar incision, and although rare, it's important to be aware of them. These risks include:
- Loss of nipple sensation: Loss of nipple sensation may occur after breast augmentation using the areolar incision. For most, a loss of sensation is temporary but, in rare cases, it may become permanent.
- Increased risk of infection: The areolar incision carries a slightly increased risk of infection as the implants are passed through the milk ducts, where bacteria naturally reside.
Which Breast Augmentation Incision Type Is Right for You?
For more information about the areolar incision, or other breast augmentation incisions, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns.