How the Areolar Breast Augmentation Technique Works

Dec 29, 2015 @ 11:30 AM — by blakebird
Tagged with: Breast Augmentation

A woman holding her breastsDr. Craig Foster is a leading cosmetic plastic surgeon serving patients in and around Manhattan. He routinely achieves excellent results, particularly with breast augmentation surgery, which uses silicone or saline implants to enhance a patient's curves.

There are many ways to perform breast augmentation surgery. Let's focus on one option right now: the areolar breast augmentation method.

About the Areolar Breast Augmentation Technique

The areolar breast augmentation incision is one of the most common methods of placing breast implants. This surgical method involves an incision made along the areola, which is the circular patch of skin around the nipple. Through this incision, a surgeon can insert the breast implants and position them as needed in order to increase breast size and enhance overall appearace.

The Advantages of Areolar Breast Augmentation Surgery

The primary advantages of the areolar breast augmentation technique are as follows:

  • Both Silicone and Saline Breast Implants Can Be Used – With the areolar breast augmentation procedure, a surgeon can place either silicone or saline breast implants.

  • Cosmetic Surgeons Have Excellent Control – Given the proximity of the incision to the breasts themselves, a cosmetic surgeon has excellent control over the implants, able to create a breast pocket and position the implants properly in relation to the mammary gland and pectoral muscle.

The Disadvantages of Areolar Breast Augmentation Surgery

The primary disadvantage of the areolar breast augmentation technique is that it does result on scarring on the breast. Many patients would prefer to avoid scarring on the breasts if possible. That said, the scar made during surgery is concealed by most undergarments, tops, and bathing suits.

Considering Post-Surgical Scarring from This Procedure

Since scarring after surgery is a major concern, patients should note that scarring tends to fade over time, with the incisions sites become less noticeable and prominent. Surgeons work to minimize the size of the incision and ensure that any scarring is concealed as seamlessly as possible along the edge of the areola.

With that said, some patients have issues with visible and textured scar tissue. Because of this, it's important to consider alternatives to the areola incision method if patients have noticed such issues with surgical scars in the past.

Alternative Incision Methods for Breast Augmentation Surgery

If the areolar breast augmentation method is not ideal for a patient, one of the following alternatives may be considered:

  • Inframammary Breast Augmentation Surgery – The inframammary breast augmentation incision is made along the crease when the bottom of the breast meets the chest. Like the areolar surgery, 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. Unlike the areolar surgery, only saline breast implants can be used.

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

During the consultation process, we will be sure to go over all of your options for surgery, discussing the various risks and benefits involved.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and how it can help you look your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery practice today. Dr. Craig Foster and the entire team here looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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