What are the Different Types of Breast Augmentation Techniques?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States today. Yet, not every surgeon performs this procedure in the same way. This is because there are several techniques to choose from. Surgeons pick the one that is best suited to each patient’s individual body shape and needs. Here, we take a closer look at the four breast augmentation techniques that a surgeon may adopt. This will help you to learn more about what you can expect from your surgery.

The Inframammary Technique

This procedure involves making a small incision in the fold under the breast, called the inframammary fold. One main advantage of using this technique is that there is a wide access point. This allows the surgeon to insert the implant more precisely. Also, the breast crease will hide the scar, which usually measures between an inch to 2 inches in length.

The Peri-Areolar Technique

During this procedure, a surgeon will make an incision close to the areola’s outer edge. This allows the areola’s natural pigmentation to partially conceal the scar. Many surgeons prefer this technique, especially when he or she is performing a breast lift during the surgery.

The Trans-Axillary Technique

In this procedure, a surgeon will make a small incision underneath the armpit. Through this opening, the surgeon will, then, insert the implant with surgical instruments. He or she will also use a camera to ensure accurate placement. A small scar will remain at the incision site. However, the breast remains free of any scarring.

The Transumbilical Technique

In this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision above the belly button. Through the incision, he or she will insert the implants before moving them upward to the breasts. Although you may see a small single scar on the stomach, the breasts remain unscarred.

Why Is There No Standard Technique?

Many people wonder why there are no standard breast augmentation techniques used by every surgeon. This is because different patients have individual needs and anatomical differences. Whichever technique a surgeon uses, he or she should apply the same best-practice standards, however. Your cosmetic surgeon should discuss his or her chosen technique with you before your operation. He or she should explain to you why he or she has chosen this particular method of placing the implants. You can, then, make an informed decision about whether the procedure is right for you. It’s important to be aware of any potential risks and what the eventual outcome will look like. If there is a risk of visible scarring, you need to be aware of this before going into surgery. A skilled cosmetic surgeon will always minimize the appearance of any scars. 

Arranging Your Surgery

If you’re ready to arrange your breast enlargement surgery, contact Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Gruber is a talented and experienced cosmetic surgeon who is skilled in all breast augmentation techniques. She will be able to determine the right approach for you and guarantee you have all the details you need. She will also minimize any scarring so you can feel confident about your beautiful new breasts. Call us today to arrange your consultation.

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