Breast augmentation is the single most popular cosmetic procedure in the country. Its popularity has led to many innovations and improvements, which now allow patients to customize their surgery to achieve the specific results they are looking for. The list of terms below describes some of the common techniques and approaches to breast augmentation. Being familiar with these terms will help you better understand your treatment options and communicate with your surgeon when planning your treatment.
Saline Implants – Saline implants are one of the two main types of breast implants, which are composed of an outer silicone shell and filled with a sterile saline solution. One benefit of these implants is that they can be inserted to the breasts while empty, reducing the size of incisions required.
Silicone Implants – Silicone implants are the second main type of breast implants, filled with a smooth silicone gel to offer a more natural look and feel.
Subglandular Implants – Subglandular implants refers to when implants are placed above the pectoral muscles but beneath the breast tissue. This approach often results in a shorter recovery period, but may not look as natural as submuscular implants.
Submuscular Implants – Submuscular implants are placed beneath the pectoral muscles, which gives the implants more structural support and a more natural appearance.
Inframammary Incision – Many different incision locations can be used to insert implants into the breasts, one of which being the inframammary incision. With this approach, incisions are made underneath the breast along its natural crease. These incisions typically cannot be seen unless the breasts are lifted up.
Periareolar Incision – The periareolar incision involves incisions around the circumference of the nipples. This is a common approach because the scarring blends in with the areola of the nipple.
Transaxillary Incision – The transaxillary incision involves incisions made in the armpits. This eliminates any scarring from the breasts, but may not be suitable for larger implants.
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation – Also known as TUBA, transumbilical breast augmentation makes an incision in the belly button. Implants are inserted through the belly button and maneuvered up to the breasts. This eliminates any visible scarring, but like transaxillary incisions, may not be suitable for all implants.
Where Can I Learn More About Breast Augmentation?
If you are considering breast augmentation or would like to learn more about the procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation at Flannagan Plastic Surgery. We welcome patients from Jasper, Newburgh, Evansville and the neighboring areas of Indiana.