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About Areolar Breast Augmentation Incisions: The Pros and Cons

James E. Murphy, MD Jul 22, 2016

Different incision options for breast augmentationThe team at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa believes in helping the people of Reno look their best. This means tailoring every surgery to their needs, and really listening to patients when they discuss their aesthetic goals. When performing breast augmentation surgery, a tailored result is always most ideal.

There are many different techniques for performing breast augmentation surgery. We'd like to focus on one in particular right now: the areolar incision method.

Why Are Different Incision Options Available?

Having different incision methods for breast augmentation surgery is a way of ensuring the best possible results from the procedure. It allows surgeons to tailor surgeries to the needs of the patient and for patients to really achieve their aesthetic goals.

About Areola Breast Augmentation Incisions

One of the more common and popular incision methods involves an incision around the areola, the patch of skin around the nipple. This areola incision is often a full circle or semi-circle. Through this areola incision, a cosmetic surgeon can place a breast implant and position it with great flexibility.

The Advantages of Areolar Breast Augmentation Incisions

There are a few advantages to this kind of breast implant.

  • Silicone and saline breast implants can be used with this option
  • Excellent control over position and placement of the breast implant

The Disadvantages of Areolar Breast Augmentation Incisions

The primary disadvantage of the areola breast augmentation incision is that the incision itself is made on the breast, and on a particularly visible and prominent part of the breast, at that. Patients who would prefer to avoid scarring around the areola may want to consider these alternative incision methods:

  • Inframammary Breast Augmentation – During inframammary breast augmentation surgery, an incision is made along the underside of the breast

  • Transaxillary Breast Augmentation – During transaxillary breast augmentation surgery, an incision is made in the armpit

  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation – During transumbilical breast augmentation surgery, an incision is made in the belly button

Scarring After Breast Augmentation Surgery: What Patients Should Know

While there is some scarring during breast augmentation surgery, the areolar incision will often yield great results with just subtle scarring visible. The scar will be most noticeable early on as a patient recovers, though it will typically fade with time. A patient's genetics, skin tone, and own individual experiences with post-surgical scarring will typically determine if the areolar incision is right for them.

Discussing Your Surgery with You in Greater Detail

The areolar incision is just one option for placing implants and achieving the best results through surgery. During your consultation with us, we'll be more than happy to consider implant size, shape, type, placement, and other factors that will affect the overall results of surgery. Rest assured that we are on your side.

Contact Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

To learn more about breast augmentation and how it can help you get the curves and contours that you've always wanted, be sure to contact our plastic surgery center today. The team at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa is here to help you look your absolute best.

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