When considering your options regarding incisions, it is best to consult with a Thousand Oaks breast augmentation expert. Dr. Christopher Costanzo has put together some information for individuals considering breast implants to help them better understand not only the types of incisions possible, but also their pros and cons. We encourage you to contact our offices with any further questions you may have.
Above you will find a diagram detailing the location of transaxillary, periareolar, and inframammary incisions. Another option, which we will discuss below, is the TUBA technique. While all are viable options, working closely with your Thousand Oaks breast augmentation specialist is the best way in which to determine which is ideal for your unique situation.
The transaxillary incision is a good option to consider if you don’t want to have a scar on your breast. This is generally the case, so transaxillary incisions are quite common. However, it is important for patients to keep in mind the fact that the removal of breast implants at a later date may require that another incision is made.
Inframammary (Inferior Fold)
Inframammary incisions may be necessary for those individuals seeking larger silicone implants. Determining what size of implant is right for your body type and breast diamater is a major decision. It is one that only an experienced and informed surgeon can help you to make confidently, so make sure that ours is the number you dial when considering your breast implant options.
Periareolar (Around the Nipple Base)
The periareolar is another great option to consider and is a good choice for those with darker complexions, specifically. The size and tone of skin on your areola will be important for this incision type.
TUBA (Transumbilical Breast Augmentation)
The TUBA procedure requires an incision be made in the bellybutton, through which a long dissecting rod is inserted beneath the skin. Upon reaching the breast, a pocket is made in which to fit the implant. A saline breast implant is fed through a tube and inflated when in place. There are a few concerns specific to this incision type.
First of all, it can lead to a thick scar developing in the bellybutton, visible when wearing a bikini. Cellulite may develop from the passing of the dissector rod under the skin, and it is more difficult to position the implant properly with this incision. Also, silicone implants cannot be used with this method, and different sizes cannot be tested for appearance. Dr. Christopher Costanzo suggests that his Thousand Oak breast augmentation patients consider the transaxillary approach should they wish to avoid an incision on the breast itself.