Breast augmentations incisions and implants positions

Breast augmentation can be performed using two positioning techniques : the retro-glandular position and the retro-muscular position, or a combination of these two. Breast implants can be placed under fat and glandular tissue for patients who have sufficient breast tissue to cover the implants. Breast implants are also frequently placed under the pectoral muscle for patients with less breast tissue in order to cover the edges of the implants and support the weight of the implants better. Saline breast implants are empty when positioned and filled up after that. On the other hand, silicone implants are pre-filled. Those parameters affect the location of the incision made to make space for the implants, either behind the mammary gland or under the muscle. Since silicone implants cannot be compressed, they are usually inserted through an incision along the infra-mammary fold. Surgeons sometimes use an incision around the areola or in the underarm to place silicone implants.

Breast augmentation post-op

Painkillers can be prescribed to alleviate postoperative pain if necessary. Swelling and bruising is expected after surgery. Discomfort can persist during a week, but a good number of patient can easily resume work before the one week mark. Certain movements are to be avoided during the first weeks of the recovery to avoid injuring the area : lifting, pushing or pulling heavy objects.

Recent saline and silicone breast implants offer excellent results. Implants have a limited longevity, but there is no reason to replace implants as long as their are not damaged or altered. However, most breast augmentation patients need a replacement surgery at some point.

Before and after breast augmentation