Once you make the decision to undergo breast augmentation, there are a variety of options you will need to consider. Most women know that they have choices when it comes to breast implant size, texture, profile, and type, but you may be less familiar with the various approaches for your surgical incision. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Erick Sanchez and the exceptional team at Sanchez Plastic Surgery are dedicated to educating Baton Rouge, LA patients on all of their breast augmentation options so that each patient is comfortable and confident about her procedure and can most closely achieve her individual aesthetic goals.
How does breast augmentation with implants work?
Because there are various methods of breast augmentation used by surgeons, as well as a variety of implant options available, the details of the procedure may vary significantly from patient to patient. In general, breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about 2 – 3 hours. When a breast lift is combined with a breast augmentation, it may take longer. During the procedure, the surgeon will carefully make his incision in a predetermined location and create a pocket for the implant. The implant will then be placed, and the procedure will be repeated on the patient's other side. Before closing the incisions, the surgeon will evaluate the position and appearance of the implants as well as the symmetry between the breasts.
During your initial consultation at Sanchez Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sanchez will thoroughly examine your breasts, discuss your concerns and specific goals, and answer all of your questions at length. Dr. Sanchez will also explain all of your surgical options and help you make selections that will best fit your needs. Some of the most important factors that breast augmentation patients and surgeons will need to consider together are:
- Implant size
- Implant type (saline or silicone)
- Implant placement (above or beneath the muscle)
- Implant profile and diameter
- Whether or not a lift is needed
- Incision placement
What is the best incision for breast implants?
The two most commonly used breast implant incisions are the inframammary incision (under the natural breast fold) and periareolar incision (around the edge of the areola). Additionally, surgeons may employ the transaxillary incision (along the armpit) in some cases, though this is less frequently used.
There are several variables to evaluate when determining which incision placement is best for each patient, including:
- Implant size
- Implant type
- Patient’s body type
- Patient’s preference
- Previous surgeries
- History of scarring
Dr. Sanchez is extremely familiar with the complexities and nuances of each breast augmentation incision method and takes great care to determine which technique will best fit a patient’s individual needs. For instance, patients who want a significant volume increase and prefer a silicone implant may be better suited to the inframammary approach, as it allows for the slightly larger incision required with silicone implants as compared to saline. On the other hand, the periareolar incision may be more appropriate for patients who tend to develop darker or more raised scars, as these are typically able to be more easily concealed around the natural edge of the areola.
Where are the scars for breast implants?
The location and appearance of your breast implant scars will depend on which incisions are used, as well as whether any additional procedures are performed. Patients who undergo a breast lift in conjunction with their breast augmentation, for example, will likely have a scar around their areola as well as vertically down the center of their breasts. Regardless of the placement of your incisions, the caring team at Sanchez Plastic Surgery will provide you with guidelines and instructions on incision and scar care to promote proper healing and the least amount of visible scarring possible. For the most part, patients agree that the stunning improvement in their physique is well worth the presence of scars.
How do I find the best breast implant surgeon in Baton Rouge, LA?
As with any procedure, it is essential that patients select a highly experienced, skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform their breast augmentation in order to ensure the best possible chance for a successful surgery and gorgeous results. Call Sanchez Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA today to schedule your consultation with exceptionally talented board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Erick Sanchez, and discover how a breast augmentation can restore your feminine figure and help you look – and feel – better than ever!