Breast Augmentation Procedure Steps
Anesthetia is administered for your comfort during breast augmentation surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Incisions for breast augmentation are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. Incisions are based on the type of breast implant, degree of enlargement desired, your anatomy, and patient-surgeon preference. Incision options include:
- Inframammary incision (in the fold beneath the breast).
- Periareolar incision (at the edge of the areola)
- Transumbilical incision (in the underarm area)
- Transaxillary incision (at the upper rim of the navel)
After the incision is made, the breast implant is inserted into a pocket either under the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) or directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (submammary/subglandular placement). The method for inserting and positioning your breast implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement, your body type and your surgeon's recommendation.
Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin. The incision lines will fade over time.
The results of breast augmentation surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realize the fulfillment of your goal for fuller breasts.
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