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Understanding Inframammary Breast Augmentation Surgery

Vishnu Rumalla Dec 29, 2015

A woman holding her breastsWhen patients come to Tarrant Plastic Surgery, they know that the have come to one of the leading cosmetic surgery centers in Fort Worth. We take great care when determining ideal surgical approaches and tailoring a surgery to a patient's needs.

This focus on custom surgery is especially important when it comes to breast enhancement, particularly breast augmentation surgery, which uses implants to improve curves. Let's consider one of the most common surgical techniques: the inframammary incision method.

About Inframammary Breast Augmentation

The inframammary breast augmentation technique is one of the most common methods of performing the surgery. During the inframammary procedure, a lateral incision is made on the underside of the breast, specifically along the fold/crease that is formed when the bottom of the breast meets the chest. It is through this incision on the underside of the breast that a surgeon can insert implants and adjust the underlying glandular and muscle tissue as needed.

Surgeons Can Use Silicone and Saline Breast Implants

The inframammary breast augmentation procedure allows for a high degree of flexibility when it comes to surgery. A cosmetic surgeon is able to use both silicone and saline breast implants during the surgery, which is not an option with all breast augmentation methods.

Surgeons Have Extra Control and Versatility During Surgery

In addition to being able to use all types of breast implants during surgery, the inframammary technique also provides plastic surgeons with the highest degree of control when it comes to the procedure. The breast implants can be placed and positioned in various ways relative to the pectoral muscle and mammary gland, allowing for optimal results based on the patient's anatomy and needs. This also means a reduced risk of complications during the procedure.

Will Surgical Scars Be Visible After Surgery?

Post-surgical scarring can vary from patient to patient. In general, the scarring is well concealed by most undergarments, tops, and bathing suits, which means patients are afforded a great deal of flexibility when it comes to fashion.

For some patients, the scarring is hard to notice and faces with time. Surgeons work to make any incisions as small as possible to accommodate the breast implants.

Other patients may have issues with scarring that result in textured scars, bumpy scars, or major scar tissue discoloration. In such cases, an alternative method of performing the breast augmentation will be recommended.

Alternatives to Inframammary Breast Augmentation

There are three common alternatives to the inframammary surgery technique. They are:

  • Areolar Breast Augmentation Surgery – The areolar breast augmentation incision is made around the areola, the patch of skin around the nipple. Both silicone and saline breast implants can be used.

  • Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery – The transaxillary breast augmentation incision is concealed in the patient's armpit. Only saline breast implants can be used.

  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Surgery – The transumbilical breast augmentation incision is concealed in the patient's belly button. Only saline breast implants can be used.

During your consultation at the practice, we will be able to determine which incision methods are ideal for you and help you make the best choices when it comes to your aesthetic goals.

Schedule a Consultation for Breast Augmentation

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and the difference it can make in your life, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team at Tarrant Plastic Surgery looks forward to your visit and helping you look your absolute best.

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