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Breast enlargement is a serious surgery with many potential complications. We answer the most common questions.
The basics about breast enlargement surgery. The more you know about what to expect, the better prepared you are.

Breast Incision

Deciding to undergo breast enlargement surgery is a personal choice that requires careful consideration. There are many different types of breast enlargement surgeries, and you need to educate yourself to find the one that's right for you.

Along with the different types of plastic surgery, there are also several different kinds of breast incisions. Each type of incision is in a unique location, and they each have their own benefits and risks.

Here are the four types of breast incisions.

Inframammary Incision

The inframammary incision is commonly referred to as the “crease incision” and is located in the inframammary crease below each breast. An inframammary incision allows the doctor to work closely to the breast to better control placement of the implant.

Another benefit of the inframammary incision is that the scar is hidden underneath the breast and won't be visible if you're wearing a bathing suit or lingerie.)

One disadvantage of the inframammary incision is if you wish to have a revision, the crease will have to be lowered or raised. This could create many complications.

Periareolar Incision

The periareolar incision, or the nipple incision, is one of the most widely used incisions today. The best nipple incisions are made at the edge of the areola and the lighter breast tissue. This helps the incision blend in more seamlessly.

Typically, periareolar incisions tend to heal nicely. However, in some cases they leave a light, unattractive scar.

One drawback of the nipple incision is that women are likelier to experience trouble breastfeeding. Additionally, some women with this incision have problems with nipple sensation. Always ask your doctor which incision he recommends for your body.

Transaxillary Incision

The transaxillary incision is located under the armpit. This is an attractive option for those who wish to hide the scar from their surgery.

One potential complication with the transaxillary incision is difficulty in placing the implant properly. Since the incision isn't located on or near the breast, precision is limited.

For this particular breast incision, it's essential to find a doctor who has performed many of them. This will give you the best chance of proper implant placement.

Tuba Incision

The TUBA incision is the newest procedure available for breast enlargement surgery. This breast incision is located underneath the belly button. A tunnel from the navel to the breast is created, and then a pocket made under the breast. The implant is inserted into the navel incision and moved up to the breast, where it is then inflated and centered.

Like the transaxillary incision, precise placement of the implant poses a difficulty. The TUBA incision cannot be reused if a post-surgical adjustment is necessary - a standard nipple or crease incision must be used. Additionally, since the procedure is so unique, not many surgeons have the skills to adequately perform this breast incision.

The benefits of the TUBA incision are complete lack of scarring in the breast area, short recovery time and high patient satisfaction.

Finding a Doctor

Finding a Doctor
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Recovery time

Recovery time
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How much does it cost?

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