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Areolar Breast Augmentation Incisions: What Are the Pros and Cons?

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on November 04, 2015


A woman covering her breastsDr. Brian Kobienia is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the Edina. He achieves excellent results with surgery thanks to his focus on aesthetics in combination with wellness.

When it comes to breast augmentation surgery, there are plenty of options to consider in terms of the way that surgery is performed. Let's consider the areola breast augmentation incision method.

About the Areola Breast Augmentation Technique

The areola breast augmentation incision is made on the breast around the outer edge of the areola. Through this incision, surgeons are able to place breast implants and enhance the overall shape and contour of a woman's bustline.

The areola breast augmentation incision is a common option for performing the surgery.

Cosmetic Surgeons Have Great Control and Versatility

One reason that many surgeons consider the areola breast augmentation incision is that it allows cosmetic surgeons to have a great deal of control when it comes to the overall placement and position of the implant. Since the incision is on the breast itself, it simply means an improved ability to accomplish the surgery and meet the goals of a patient.

Silicone and Saline Breast Implants Can Be Used

As part of the versatility of this particular surgical method, cosmetic surgeons are able to use both silicone breast implants and saline breast implants when performing the surgery. There are no restrictions on implant type, unlike some other kinds of incision methods.

Potential for Areola Reduction to Be Performed

If a woman has prominent areolas that affect the overall appearance of the breasts, it's possible to undergo an areola reduction surgery. The areola reduction is able to make the areola less prominent on the breast through careful removal of some of the skin tissue.

When performing breast augmentation surgery with the areola incision, it is possible to combine the augmentation surgery with the reduction of the areola.

About Potential Issues with Scarring on the Breast

While there are a number of advantages to the areola incision for breast augmentation surgery, there is a legitimate concern with scarring on breast. This is one reason why some patients may not wish to undergo this kind of breast augmentation procedure.

What Will Areola Incision Scarring Be Like in the Long Run?

For many patients, the scarring around the areola is minimal and fades quite well with time. Cosmetic surgeons take all precautions when it comes to surgical procedures, and to help ensure that scarring is as unnoticeable as possible.

With this in mind, some patients may have issues with scarring, leading to upraised scars or extremely noticeable scars. These are typically genetic issues, and they can be discussed in more detail during the consultation process. If there is a potential issue with poor scarring, another incision method may be recommended.

Alternatives to Areola Breast Augmentation Incisions

There are three other common incision methods for breast augmentation surgery. They are as follows:

  • Inframammary Breast Augmentation Surgery – In this form of surgery, the incision is made along the crease at the underside of the breast where the breast meets the chest.

  • Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery – In this form of surgery, the incision is made in the armpit. Only saline breast implants can be placed through this type of surgery.

  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Surgery – In this form of surgery, the incision is made in the belly button. Only saline breast implants can be placed through this type of surgery.

We can discuss all of these incision options in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

For more information on your many different options when it comes to breast augmentation surgery, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Brian Kobienia and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you make the best decisions about surgery.

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