If you are considering breast augmentation with implants, you will need to consider which type of incisions are best for you. Dr. David Passaretti places breast implants using a variety of incisions, including around the nipples, below the crease of the breasts, under the armpits, or through the navel. Each of these incision types carries unique advantages and disadvantages you will need to consider. Dr. Passaretti will work closely with you to determine the incision pattern that is right for you. To learn more about your choices for breast augmentation incisions, contact Dr. Passaretti's Darien office today.
During an in-depth consultation, Dr. Passaretti can help you understand what type of incision is best for your needs.
Inframammary incisions are created beneath each breast, in the crease where the tissue meets the ribs. This type of incision can be used to place both saline and silicone implants.
Although saline implants can be rolled or folded up for insertion, and then filled after they are placed within the breasts, silicone implants are pre-filled. Inframammary incisions are the most common type of incision used.
Although they are generally larger than other types of incisions, Dr. Passaretti is able to conceal any scarring within the natural contours of the breast. Inframammary incisions can be used to place implants either above or below the breast muscle, depending on a patient's goals. This type of incision can be reused in the future for revision augmentation or implant replacement.
Periareolar incisions are created around a patient's areola, which is the colored area that surrounds the nipple. This technique is especially helpful for Dr. Passaretti to carefully hide the appearance of any scarring. The natural change in skin color and texture at the edge of the areola helps to hide the incision. Although periareolar incisions are typically restricted for saline implants, Dr. Passaretti's extensive experience with this technique allows him to safely use silicone implants for a more natural result. Patients are frequently concerned about loss of nipple sensation with this technique, however, if properly performed this should not be an issue. This incision may be the most well hidden of al the incision locations because it is only exposed when a women is fully disrobed. For some patients with a small areola this may not be an option.
Periareolar incisions are located close to where the implants will rest, so Dr. Passaretti is able to place the implant with great precision. Like inframammary incisions, periareolar implants can be used in the future for revision surgery.
Transaxillary breast augmentation is performed by inserting deflated saline implants through the armpit. Dr. Passaretti uses endoscopic tools to create a pathway to the breast, where he can place the silicone shell either above or below the pectoral muscle. Next, he fills the implants according to your aesthetic goals. This approach can not be used for silicone implants or in revisionary surgery.
This type of incision is one of the least discreet since any scarring may be visible when a women's arm is elevated and clothing frequently leaves this area uncovered. Since a greater amount of tissue will be affected, this type of augmentation results in a slightly longer recovery time than periareolar and inframammary incisions.
During transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA), incisions are made through the navel. Through this incision, Dr. Passaretti reaches up to the breasts using endoscopic tools, where he places saline implant shells and fills them.
This method results in very little scarring, which is hidden in the navel and is completely unnoticeable. Because this incision is the furthest from the breasts, it is very important to select a surgeon with a great level of skill and training.
“Dr. Passaretti and his team went above and beyond my expectations. From the first time I walked into his office I knew I was in good hands. His knowledge and craft at what he does is just amazing. He got to know me and my goals and worked to give me just what I wanted... Without a doubt I would recommend Dr. Passaretti for anyone looking into plastic surgery!”
- Brianna L.
If you are considering plastic surgery in Darien, CT or anywhere around Fairfield County, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with top plastic surgeon Dr. Passaretti.
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