The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy and Dr. Lesavoy’s recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.
Dr. Lesavoy will make incisions to keep scars as inconspicuous as possible, such as around the nipple, in the breast crease, or in the armpit. Breast tissue and skin will then be lifted to create a pocket for each implant. (Pict.01)
Working through the incision, Dr. Lesavoy will lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered beneath your nipples.
In some cases, putting the implants behind your chest muscle may reduce the potential for capsular contracture. Drainage tubes may be used for several days following the surgery. This placement may also interfere less with breast examination by mammogram than if the implant is placed directly behind the breast tissue. Placement behind the muscle however, may be more painful for a few days after surgery than placement directly under the breast tissue.
The breast implant may be inserted directly under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle. (Pict02)
You’ll want to discuss the pros and cons of these alternatives with Dr. Lesavoy before surgery to make sure you fully understand the implications of the procedure he recommends for you.
Breast implant surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete. Stitches are used to close the incisions, which may also be taped for greater support. A gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing.
After surgery, breasts appear fuller and more natural in tone and contour. Scars will fade with time. (Pict.03)
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