Before the implant is placed in your breast, the access and the exact position of the implant must be determined. The access can be through the natural skin fold under the breast, around the nipple or through the axilla. The technique will depend on the shape and size of the breast, the areola, as well as the size and material of the selected implant.
The surgeon creates a space for the placement of the implant through a small incision. The breast implant can be placed either above or under the pectoral muscle, depending on the breast shape and size and on the consistency of the glandular and soft tissue.
The implant can be easily and safely inserted above or under the muscle through a 3- or 4-cm opening in the fold under the breast. Access through the fold under the breast is currently the most common treatment method for breast augmentation since it is the safest technique. We use this method as well because the resulting scar under the breast is barely visible due to its position.
In this technique, the surgeon tunnels a minifunnel to the breast through a 3-cm incision in the axilla. The surgeon inserts the implant through this opening and places it above or under the muscle. This access has less visibility for the surgeon, but leaves scars that are barely visible.
The implant is placed in a prepared pocket (in most cases above the pectoral muscle) through a crescent-shaped incision around the nipple. This method is only suitable for small implants or empty shells that are subsequently filled. The intervention is more difficult, but it has the advantage that the resulting scar is practically invisible.