Breast Implants Incision Types

I'm scheduled to have both tummy tuck and breasts enhancement (incision under boobs) in 2 weeks. Instead of having the incision on the skin. Can my doctor go under the skin for incision during my TT? knowing, I'll have good visual scaring from the TT I want to eliminate having another if possible.

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Breast implant incision types

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Hello! Thank you for the question!  The typical incision used for breast augmentation are: inframammary (in the fold beneath your breast), periareolar (at the border of the areola), axillary (within the armpit crease), and TUBA (through the umbilicus). Incision placement will do a lot with your preference, surgeon comfort level with that approach, and the type of implant - silicone implants will be difficult to place within certain access incisions. Breast augmentation scars are well concealed and are very discrete. They should not be visible within clothing, and likely hidden without clothing. If your concern is the visibility without garments, you should consider remote access incisions such as in the armpit. However, these other incisions heal very well on the breast and often times inconspicuous. 

It is common for scars to fully mature for up to a year. In the meantime, there are a few things that may help to ameliorate your incision/scar. The most proven (as well as cheapest) modality is simple scar massage. Applying pressure and massaging the well-healed scar has been shown to improve the appearance as it breaks up the scar tissue, hopefully producing the finest scar as possible. Other things that have been shown to add some benefit, albeit controversial, are silicone sheets, hydration, and topical steroids. In addition, avoidance of direct sunlight to the incision will significantly help the appearance as they tend to discolor with UV light during the healing process. 

If unsightly scars are still present after approximately a year's time, other things that your surgeon may consider are intralesional steroid injections, laser, or just surgical revision of the scar itself.

Consult with a plastic surgeon your goals, concerns, and expectations. Certainly incisions should be considered, but should not limit your overall result by hindering visualization and access to your surgeon, and what produces the best results in his/her hands.

Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implant Using Tummy Tuck Incision

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Not only is it possible to place your breast implants through your tummy tuck incision, it is my preferred method in that it does not take extra time and leaves no scars on your breasts. I have been using this approach for more than 25 years with great satisfaction from my patients. 

Breast Implant Incision Types

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Thanks for your question. The idea of placing breast implants via the tummy tuck route is becoming more popular. It can be an elegant way of creating a nice augmentation with no breast scars. What we tend to worry about as plastic surgeons is that in order to get the implant into the breast pocket, the surgeon must make a space through the inframammary fold (IMF). The IMF is often regarded as a "sacred" structure that defines the beauty of the breast, and can affect the long term support of the implant. This is particularly true when using a silicone implant vs. a saline-filled device because the window you must open is larger for the silicone implants. I tend to prefer the more direct incision in the crease because I feel that I have better control of that critical structure, the IMF. Best of luck with your procedure.

Paul J. Leahy, MD
Leawood Plastic Surgeon
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This approach has been used but is not a standard surgical incision for placing breast implants. The three most used incisions are breast fold incision, peri areola and arm pit. While my favorite is the arm pit incision using an endoscope this is an advanced procedure needing specific training and specific equipment. Your doctor will recommend what he or she works best in their hands. Good luck and please see the consultation of a board certified plastic surgeon.

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I agree with your plastic surgeon. Going through your tt incision is technically possible but risks issues with violation of the inframammary fold and the ability to carefully and accurately dissect the implant pocket. The IMF incision is tiny, heals well, and will help your surgeon achieve a good and reliable result. Good luck! Dr Kerr

Breast implant incisions

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There are three commonly used sites for breast implant placement.

  1. Under the breast, inframammary
  2. Partly around the areola, periareolar
  3. Under the arm, transxillary

In my opinion this is almost always a preference issue only.  The most common incision is the inframammary.  I feel this is the most flexible incision to work with the breast, AND I believe it is the least obvious scar.  Rarely is a patient unhappy with the scar.

As far as placing the implant from  a tummy can be done, however, I would not recommend this approach. I beleive it does not provide the same exposure to place the implant, which is critical in acheiving a nice result.

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Incision choice for breat implants is multi-factorial

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Choosing the best incision for breast augmentation

There are basically four choices of incision for placing breast implants  - Inframammary, per-areaolar,  transaxillary and trans-umbilical.  Choosing the incision for placement of the implants which is best in any given situation can be affected by many factors – these can be broken down into patient specific factors and surgeon specific factors.

Patient specific factors include ethnicity and tendency for poor scarring (some ethnic groups have a propensity for hypertophic or even keloid scarring), pre-existing anatomy (e.g.  Is a given patient’s areolae large enough for placement of a pre-filled silicone implant?)

Surgeon specific factors tend to include the biases and experience of the surgeon, which should not be discounted or taken lightly. 

My personal experience after over 3000 breast augmentation is that inframammary and peri-areolar incision give the most control over the breast implant pocket and that transaxillary and trans-umbilical incision have a higher revision rate.


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I agree with other opinions and would stick to the plan given by your surgeon. The incisions are small and allow better access to the breast

Breast Implants - Inserted During Tummy Tuck via Tummy Tuck Incision

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Hi CallMeSue in washington, dc,

The short answer is - Yes, the implants can be placed in this manner (ie via the TT incision).

The more complete answer is that although they can be placed in this manner, I would not normally advise it.  It's a long way from that incision to the TOP of where the breast implant would go - and you might need access that high in case there were some bleeding or some other issue.  Furthermore, by extending the incision into the breast you're risking opening up the inframammary crease too much.  I'm not normally a fan of this approach.

That being said, some surgeons do like it and if you're convinced that that's what you want, you should go around until you can find one or more surgeons who will do this.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Best incision breast implants

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You should stick with your plan of having the tummy tuck with  the breast implants placed through the inframammary approach. This gives your Dr. the most control over the results. The scar should be small and inconspicuous. Also it is probable with  what he/she is most comfortable.

Ernest D. Cronin, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon

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