When a surgeon performs breast augmentation surgery, he or she considers your personal anatomy and the desired results before the procedure. This allows them to choose the best place to make the incision. Your breast augmentation surgeon will explain all the challenges he or she and you will face with specific procedures. Depending on your specific issues, your doctor will provide you different options, so you can choose what is best for your needs.
Typically, the implants are placed under the natural breast tissue or behind the chest muscles. There are four ways that are customary to make the incisions.
- Inframammary Incision – this is done at the crease of the breast
- Periareolar Incision – this is a nipple incision
- Transaxillary Incision – armpit incision
- TUBA Incision – belly button incision
The natural breasts are connected to the chest wall, but gravity pulls the lower part of the breast downward. This forms a crease that is near the ribs, but there is not connected to the chest wall with any fibrous tissue. To make this incision, the breast is lifted and cut along that crease, and the implant is slipped upward into the incision.
With this selection, the incision is placed around the areola, which is the pink or brown skin around the nipple. The benefits to this incision are controlled bleeding and the ability to create a precise pocket and control the shape of the breast.
The trans-axillary incision is done under the arm. The anatomy of the chest is such that when lying down, the armpit is almost directly under the breasts. The surgeon goes in through the natural folds of the skin and channels upward to place the implant. This surgery sometimes requires the use of special tools with lights to complete. The biggest benefit to this surgery is there are no scars on the breasts.
TUBA stands for Transumbilical Breast Augmentation, and basically, it is done through an incision in the belly button. Some women report less trauma and less healing time, and of course, there are no scars left on the breasts. However, this is a difficult surgery which must be done with an endoscope with a light attached and a television monitor. It is often difficult to find a qualified surgeon that performs this type of breast augmentation. If you have an issue in the future, there are very few adjustments that can be done through the belly button due to limited space. If complications happen, you may end up having a breast incision to correct it.
The procedure is complicated to perform, but if you are concerned about scarring, this is an option for you.
Only your surgeon knows your particular body, challenges, and physical health. Only they can advise you on the safest and most effective procedure to give you the results you want and maintain your health.
Before you search the internet and make a decision based on what you read, make an appointment to sit down and discuss all the options with a qualified and experienced medical professional.