Women who feel insecure about the appearance of their breasts may find breast augmentation can help them achieve their goals of shapelier, fuller breasts. Breast augmentation can improve the appearance of the breasts to help women feel more confident. There are different factors to consider, all of which can affect the final results of breast augmentation. The incision type plays an important role in the end result because the incision location determines where scarring may be visible. To find out if the areolar breast augmentation incision is right for you, contact Fairfield, CT plastic surgeon David Passaretti.
The areolar incision, also called the peri-areolar incision, was created to minimize the appearance of scarring. With this approach, scarring is hidden along the border of the areola, the darker tissue around the nipple, where the breasts are naturally different color.
During breast augmentation using an areolar incision, a small incision is made along the edge of the areola. The breast implant is then inserted through the incision and placed over or under the chest muscle. Once the appropriate placement is achieved, the incision is sutured closed.
As with any surgery, patients will require some down time, about a week for most patients, before returning to work or other normal activities. Although many patients feel well enough to return to their normal activities a week after surgery, a full recovery will take longer, about six weeks, so patients should be careful not over exert themselves while they heal.
During the initial recovery, patients can expect some pain, swelling, and bruising. The breast tissue and chest muscles may also feel tender and uncomfortable as the body adjusts to the newly placed breast implants. Pain medication and ice packs can alleviate pain and reduce swelling as the body heals.
The areolar incision technique offers some advantages over other breast augmentation incision types. Many breast augmentation candidates choose the areolar incision for the advantages offered by this technique, including:
Though minor, there are some risks and disadvantages associated with the areolar incision, including:
Many women who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts make good candidates for breast augmentation. To find out if breast augmentation is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Passaretti.