Implant Insertion Location
Dr. Zuckerman performs all three kinds of the commonly used breast augmentation techniques. Dr. Zuckerman will make a recommendation to you based on your level of existing breast tissue and other criteria. After discussion with you about your goals, including the potential for future breastfeeding, you will together finalize the technique Dr. Zuckerman will use during your breast augmentation surgery.
Transaxillary Incision: This incision is less concealed than periareolar, and, although breast feeding difficulties are rare even for periareolar, the transaxillary incision has a lower risk of breast feeding difficulty. Typically, the surgeon may use a prob fitted with a miniature camera, along with minimally invasive instruments, to create a "pocket" for the breast implant. This approach is more difficult than the others and allows the surgeon less control of the implant during insertion.
This incision is typically more concealed, but since it also involves cutting through the breast issue, it is associated with a higher, although still in absolute terms low, risk of breast feeding difficulties, as compared to the other incision sites. Cutting through the tissue may increase the chance there will be a change in the breast and/or nipple sensation, although it is again rare.
This incision is generally less concealed than periareolar and is associated with less breast feeding difficulties than the periareolar incision site. It is also the most commonly used incision site currently, and Dr. Zuckerman feels that it gives the best access to and control of the breast implant pocket.