Breast Augmentation

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Incision types for breast augmentation

Finally, breast implant patients can choose a number of different incision types for their breast augmentation procedures. Each of these options offers its own unique benefits, so it is important to understand and consider each option before your breast enhancement procedure.

Incision types for breast augmentation procedures include:

  • Periareolar. A periareolar incision is a half-circle shaped incision made along the lower half of the areola (the darkened area of skin surrounding the nipple). This type of incision provides direct access to the implant area, allowing for a precise placement, and any resulting scarring is camouflaged by the natural changes in skin color and texture at the outer edge of the areola.
  • Inframammary. An inframammary incision is made in an arc shape, along the lower crease of the breast. This type of incision allows for clear access to the implant area, and any scarring is camouflaged by the crease along the lower half of the breast.
  • Transaxillary. A transaxillary incision is a small incision made under the arm (the armpit). This type of incision normally requires an endoscopic procedure, in which the surgeon works remotely by way of a small, flexible scope with a camera attached. This type of incision leaves only minimal scarring under the armpit.
  • Transumbilical (TUBA). A transumbilical incision (also called a TUBA incision) is made on the inside of the navel. With this type of incision, implants must be placed using an endoscope (a small, flexible scope with an attached camera). The primary benefit of this type of incision is that it leaves no visible scarring.

To learn more about your breast implant options and to discuss your custom procedure with Dr. Barber, call or email our offices today to schedule your personal consultation.

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