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What Is the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision Technique?

By Dr. James Lacey on January 05, 2016

A woman cupping her breasts after breast augmentation using the inframammary incision techniquePlastic surgery procedures are known for being particularly customizable to the unique needs and goals of individual patients. Even among these procedures, however, breast augmentation is particularly well suited to being personalized to each patient. Women who undergo breast augmentation have influence over nearly every aspect of the surgery, from the size, shape, texture, and filling material contained within the breast implant to the placement location of the implant. They even have some choice when it comes to the incision technique used during breast augmentation surgery.

One of the most popular of these techniques is the inframammary breast augmentation incision technique, which results in minimal visible scarring and offers a host of other benefits, as well. Experienced plastic surgeon Lloyd Van Wyck is a master of the subtle incision, and he is able to perform breast augmentation using the full range of modern incision techniques, including the inframammary breast augmentation incision, at his Ottawa, ON practice. While some residual scarring is an inevitable side effect of any surgical procedure, Dr. Van Wyck is able to minimize visible scarring while producing exceptionally natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results.

Are you a good candidate for breast augmentation using the inframammary incision technique? To find out, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Van Wyck at his plastic surgery practice today.

What Is the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Technique?

When Dr. Van Wyck performs breast augmentation using the inframammary technique, he begins by making a horizontal incision directly beneath the breast, along the natural fold that occurs where the breast meets the skin of the chest. He then creates a pocket through this incision. The breast implant will be inserted in this pocket.

Because there is a natural crease in this fold, any scarring tends to blend in and be fairly inconspicuous.

What Are The Benefits and Risks of the Inframammary Technique?

The benefits of the inframammary incision technique are many, including:

  • In addition to the aforementioned benefit of the scar blending in with the natural crease that exists where the breast meets the skin of the chest, the scar is usually obscured by the lower part of the breast, itself.
  • Because the incision is so close to the breast, Dr. Van Wyck has exceptional control over the placement of the implant.
  • There is no interference with the nipple; therefore, there is far less risk of post-surgical complications with breast feeding or nipple sensation.
  • The technique is well-suited to the insertion of larger breast implants, including pre-filled silicone breast implants.

The few risks associated with the inframammary incision technique include:

  • It may not be suited for women with smaller breasts, as they are less likely to have well-defined creases in which to make the incisions.
  • Women who want to leave open the option of having larger breast implants placed at a later date may not be good candidates for the technique. When larger implants are placed, the scar may “ride up” on the breast and become visible.

Learn More about the Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision Technique

To learn more about the inframammary breast augmentation incision technique, please contact our plastic surgery practice today.

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