Know Your Options: The Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision Technique
By Sheryl Pilcher on October 06, 2015
Modern plastic surgery is more customizable than ever before, allowing patients to have their procedures tailored to their needs and goals to exacting degrees. No plastic surgery procedure epitomizes this better than breast augmentation. Patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery have control over many factors that determine the final results, from the size, shape, and texture of the implant to the location where the implant is placed. Furthermore, patients can even choose the type of incision through which implants are placed, which can have a tremendous impact on the visibility of post-surgical scars.
Although some scarring is a side effect of any surgical procedure, modern breast augmentation incision techniques produce much more discreet scars than their counterparts of the past. Renowned plastic surgeon Sheryl Pilcher, M.D., is a master of the subtle incision, including the popular inframammary breast augmentation incision. Patients who choose to have implants placed using the inframammary breast augmentation incision at our San Antonio plastic surgery practice, Accent Plastic Surgery, can expect results of only the highest standard.
Are you a suitable candidate for breast augmentation using the inframammary incision technique? To find out, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Pilcher today.
About the Inframammary Technique
The inframammary technique involves making an incision directly below the breast, in the skin fold where the lower part of the breast comes together with the skin of the chest. Because there is a natural fold in this location, any resulting scarring tends to be less noticeable, blending in with the crease.
Dr. Pilcher uses this incision to create a pocket into which she inserts the breast implant.
The Benefits and Risks of the Inframammary Technique
The inframammary breast augmentation technique offers numerous benefits; for example, it:
- Produces discreet scars that are hidden within the natural breast fold; these can be easily concealed behind the average bikini top.
- Makes it easier for Dr. Pilcher to exert control over the placement of the implant as the incision is closer to the breast.
- Is less likely to interfere with breast feeding and nipple sensation compared to the periareolar (i.e., the “nipple”) technique.
- Can accommodate larger breast implants without leaving a more conspicuous scar, making it ideal for the placement of pre-filled silicone breast implants.
There are relatively few risks associated with the inframammary technique. It may not be suited to some women with extremely small breasts, as they may not have well defined breast folds in which to make the incisions. In addition, women who believe that they may undergo breast augmentation to make their breasts even larger in the future may not be good candidates for this technique, as future breast augmentation could cause their scars to become elevated on their breasts.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Pilcher, she will help you to decide whether the inframammary technique or an alternative technique is best suited to you.
Learn More about the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision Technique
To learn more about the inframammary breast augmentation incision technique, or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Pilcher, please contact Accent Plastic Surgery today.
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“If you need breast augmentation or any cosmetic surgery, I would highly recommend Dr. Pilcher....This has been the best decision I have made.” Quintessa M.