Should You Choose Areolar Incisions for Breast Surgery?
Oct 6, 2015 @ 10:51 AM — by Dina Eliopoulos
After deciding that breast implants are right for you, you will still need to make several other major decisions regarding your care. You may be focused on choosing the right type of implant. However, it is also important to consider the incision pattern that you want your doctor to use. Dr. Eliopoulos can use several different breast surgery techniques. Areolar breast augmentation is one of the most popular options. Dr. Eliopoulos will place the incisions on the outer edge of the areola, and she will insert the implants through these openings. Before your surgery, your doctor will provide a thorough consultation. She will explain more about areolar incisions. Then she will help you decide whether this option is right for you. To learn more about the areolar breast augmentation incision, contact our Chelmsford practice today.
What Is Areolar Breast Augmentation?
Before areolar breast augmentation, you will typically receive general anesthesia. You will remain asleep throughout your procedure. Then Dr. Eliopoulos will create incisions at the bottom edge of your areolas, the dark circles of skin surrounding your nipples. Through the incisions, she will position the implants. In addition to offering several surgical methods, Dr. Eliopoulos provides multiple types of implants. At your initial consultation, she will help you choose the right one for your body type and cosmetic goals.
The Benefits of Areolar Incisions
One of the most noticeable benefits of areolar incisions is that scarring is negligible. Dr. Eliopoulos will carefully place the incisions so that they will be hidden in the natural folds of your skin. You can easily hide any remaining scars under clothes and swimwear.
Additionally, areolar breast augmentation is very precise. Dr. Eliopoulos will be working very close to your breast muscle. Therefore she can place the implants with a high degree of accuracy. Finally, the technique is versatile. Dr. Eliopoulos can use areolar incisions to position your implants above or below your pectoral muscles. This method is also suitable for saline and silicone implants.
The Disadvantages of Areolar Incisions
Areolar incisions can be a great option. Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the potential drawbacks of this method. When your surgeon places areolar incisions, the implants may come in contact with your milk ducts. The milk ducts naturally harbor bacteria. As a result, areolar breast augmentation has been associated with a higher risk for capsular contracture. This complication occurs when scar tissue begins to tighten around an implant. Fortunately, when you receive implants from an experienced surgeon like Dr. Eliopoulos, this risk will still be quite low. In some cases, areolar incisions may affect your ability to breast feed. If you want to nurse your baby in the future, you may want to choose an alternative method of breast augmentation. In addition, you may not be a good candidate for this technique if you have naturally small areolas.
Contact Us for More Information
Learn more about breast augmentation and find out the right surgical method for you. Contact the Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eliopoulos.