There are four basic breast augmentation techniques commonly used all over the world. These are practiced by plastic surgeons and the basic premise of the operation is to add some substance to the current state of the patient's breasts. The use of implants is necessary for the operation to be a success. The main difference among the techniques is where the incisions are made.
This method of augmenting the chest is one with the least possibility of scarring because the incision is made close to the armpit. This presents minimum scarring and the placement of the implant is usually under the muscle which means that there is less disruption to milk flow making breast feeding more viable for future children. This is due to the fact that there is less damage to the nerves that help with breastfeeding as well as the glandular tissue that basically functions to produce the milk. Studies also show that this placement also reduces the risk of the sac filled with saline or silicone from leaking or deflating.
This method of breast augmentation makes the incisions just underneath the breasts. These cuts are rendered unnoticeable due to them being made in the crease of the chest to the bosom. The effect of this method on milk production and the sensation of the area is dependent on where the implant is placed. Placing it above the muscle has a greater negative effect on both.
This technique requires the implants to be inserted through an incision in the navel. This is not a common technique because it usually does some damage on the tissues and glands of the breasts. Although the damage can be kept to a minimum, the affect of breast milk production as well as the sensitivity of the area can be compromised.
This breast augmentation technique is the one that causes most damage to the glandular tissues and the nerves around the mammary glands. The incision is made around the areola, deep enough to be able to go through the tissues and nerves. The implants are inserted through the hole made and stuck deep enough into the breast. This impacts the production of milk supply as well as how sensitive the area is to touch and other stimuli.
In all, it is the patient's preferences and how the doctor explains each procedure that influences the final decision for the breast augmentation technique to be followed. The doctors must be clear regarding the advantages and disadvantages of each method.