As breast augmentation continues to be popular not only in the United States but all over the world, more and more kind of implants is being introduced to the market. The same goes for the techniques that are being used by a plastic surgeon when it comes to performing incisions.
When breast augmentation is performed, an incision can be placed at the fold for breast implant insertion. The inframammary location is at the lower part of the breast and is also called the mammary fold. When a surgeon takes this approach, the incision is placed at the inframammary fold or lower, depending on the distance between the nipple and fold, taking in consideration a shifting of the incision site once the implant is inserted.
An incision is performed and dissection is continued until the muscle of the breast is identified. The amount of bleeding dissection is much less than in the periareolar approach, decreasing your recovery time and the risk of potential complications related to more extensive dissection. In addition, the risk of sensory loss around the nipple-areolar complex is much less, although this is controversial when you compare to the periareolar approach.
Some surgeons prefer an inframammary fold versus a periareolar approach. Certainly, the fact that the inframammary approach can provide a faster recovery is beneficial when deciding which incision you are planning to use. If you’re the type of patient who can’t afford to take a long time off, then certainly this kind of technique serves as the best option for you.
However, you must accept the fact that you are going to have a scar on the lower part of the breast, which for the most part heals well, but in certain situations, you can develop a wide scar or keloids that might be visible. Healing and recovery vary from one patient to another so it’s important to follow the postoperative advice of your surgeon.