Breast augmentation or augmentation mammaplasty is the plastic surgical procedure used to increase the size and sometimes the shape of a woman’s breast. This is accomplished by the placement of implants beneath the chest muscle and the existing breast tissue. There are instances, however, when we will recommend placing a different type implant beneath the breast tissue to obtain the most pleasing result.
Naturally, incisions must be made into the skin in order to place the implants. These may be placed beneath the breast in the skin crease where it is hidden, within the axilla (armpit) or around the nipple and areola. The infra mammary approach (in the crease between the breast and the chest wall) is common. The scars in the thinner skin of the anterior armpit, however, are virtually imperceptible. Regardless of the incision, every effort is made to obtain the best scar possible depending on the individual’s healing capacity.