June 19, 2012 – Breast augmentation is the top cosmetic surgery performed today acording to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. If you’re considering having breast augmentation you may think the most important decision you have to make is what type of breast implants you want. You probably already know that most women prefer saline breast implants because they look and feel more like natural breast tissue and that silicone implants are considered safer because they pose less risk if they rupture. But according to an article in the May 2012 issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, avoiding breast implant complications depends largely upon which incision site is used for insertion.

The article states that a study of 183 women with an average age of 36 who had breast augmentation between the years 2003 and 2009 showed that those who had transaxillary incisions had a higher rate of capsular contracture.

There are three common locations for incisions of breast implants. Inframammary incisions are located under the breast where the breast and chest tissue and skin are connected. The periareolar incision is located on the edge of the areola around the nipple. Transaxillary incisions are located under the armpit.

The most common problem women experience with breast implants is capsular contracture. That’s when the breast implant causes the existing breast tissue that is around the implant to get hard. In extreme cases there can be lumps or the shape of the breast can become distorted. Reconstructive surgery is sometimes needed and the implants have to be removed and replaced.

Speak with your cosmetic surgeon about the incision site he or she plans on using before you have breast augmentation and get his or her opinion on the complication risks associated with each method for this cosmetic surgery.

[tags]Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants, Cosmetic Surgery[/tags]