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The Pros and Cons of the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision

By David Passaretti, MD on January 22, 2016


A woman with her thumbs on the front of her bra, behind which are her newly enhanced breasts, thanks to breast augmentation using the inframammary incision techniqueMany women who opt to enhance their breasts through breast augmentation start by thinking in terms of size. This is understandable given that the primary objective of most patients who undergo the procedure is to have larger breasts. What many do not realize until they become immersed in the process, however, is just how much influence they have over the final results of their surgery in addition to the size of their bust line. From the shape and texture of the implants to whether the implants are placed in front of or behind the breast muscle, breast augmentation allows for a measure of control that is rare even in elective plastic surgery.

Among the many options that are open to patients who undergo breast augmentation are the type of incision through which the breast implants are placed. Dr. David Passaretti is a highly experienced and skilled plastic surgeon that is a master of modern breast augmentation incision techniques, including the inframammary incision technique. The inframammary breast augmentation incision is popular among patients of his Fairfield, CT plastic surgery practice because it offers a multitude of benefits, including minimally visible scarring.

If you are interested in learning whether you are a good candidate for breast augmentation using the inframammary incision technique, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Passaretti today.

What Is the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision?

If you lift one of your breasts up, you’ll notice that there is a natural crease where the base of your breast meets the skin of your chest. The inframammary breast augmentation incision technique involves placing an incision in this crease, where it will be inconspicuous, especially after your breasts are enlarged. Once this incision is made, a pocket will be created, and Dr. Passaretti will insert the breast implant through the incision and into the pocket.

Why Do Patients Choose the Inframammary Incision Technique?

Many patients choose the inframammary technique because it offers benefits that suit their particular cases well, such as:

  • The scars that result from surgery are well concealed in the crease of the breast. Generally, they can only be seen if the breast is lifted up or if the patient is lying down topless. Even the average bikini top will hide the scars well.
  • Because the nipple and areola are not involved in this technique, there is little risk that patients will lose nipple sensation or have difficulties with breastfeeding.
  • A larger incision can be made without fear of leaving a long, visible scar, making it potentially ideal for women who want to have larger breast implants placed, including pre-filled silicone breast implants.

Why Would Patients Not Choose the Inframammary Incision Technique?

Although the technique offers many benefits, women may not be good candidates for breast augmentation using the technique if:

  • They have small breasts and therefore lack a pronounced breast crease.
  • They might wish to have their breasts further enlarged in the future, in which case the scar may ride up on the breast and become visible.

Learn More about the Inframammary Incision Technique

To learn more about the inframammary breast augmentation technique, please contact the practice of board-certified plastic surgeon David Passaretti today.

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