Northern Virginia Breast augmentation surgery illustrations

The subsequent breast augmentation surgery illustrations are a simplified overview of a breast enlargement surgery. These breast augmentation surgery illustrations do not necessarily show the actual complexity of a breast implant surgery. The surgical approach for breast augmentation is typically performed through one of three incision options. The most frequently used is an under the breast incision, the gold standard of choices. The following breast augmentation surgery illustrations will demonstrate this method. Click on the breast augmentation surgery illustrations to enlarge them. To learn more about different incision options, please visit the articles section about breast augmentation incisions.

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breast augmentation surgery illustrations

The first of the Northern Virginia breast augmentation surgery illustrations shows the pre-operative mark around the breast crease or inframammary fold. This mark serves as a reference and facilitates precision during the breast augmentation.

breast augmentation surgery illustrations


The second of the Northern Virginia breast augmentation surgery illustrations displays the breast augmentation incision along the inframammary fold or breast crease. The incision measures 3 centimeters in length, this is slightly longer than one inch. The incision is made in such a way so that after the breast augmentation surgery, the incision is hidden in the crease of the beast. The precise placement depends on the woman’s pre-existing breast tissue characteristics and by the size of the breast implant she has chosen. A small retractor is used to open the skin and show the breast fat and breast gland.

breast augmentation surgery illustrations

This one of the Northern Virginia breast augmentation surgery illustrations shows the incision extended to better demonstrate what actual breast augmentation surgery entails, the layers are actually more difficult to see during the breast implant surgery. A retractor is used and the subcutaneous fat and breast fat have been divided to expose the pectoral muscle below. The pectoral muscle is raised or lifted so that the breast implant can be placed ‘under the muscle’.

breast augmentation surgery illustrations


In this fourth of the Northern Virginia breast augmentation surgery illustrations, the pectoral muscle has been separated to a specific amount and a space or pocket has been made ‘under the muscle’. The pectoral muscle is in the upper opening of this incision. Muscle along the bottom is the muscle that is in between the ribs, it is called an intercostal muscle.

breast augmentation surgery illustrations

This fifth of the Northern Virginia breast augmentation surgery illustrations depicts the breast implant rolled up and positioned ‘under the muscle’ during breast augmentation surgery. If this was a silicone breast implant, the breast implant would not be rolled up and the silicone gel breast implants are prefilled. The actual incision would have to be larger to accommodate the prefilled device.

breast augmentation surgery illustrations


In this sixth image of the Northern Virginia breast augmentation surgery illustrations, after the breast implant is placed under the muscle it is ready to be filled. The tube attached to the breast implant fills it with saline and then the fill tube is removed.


breast augmentation surgery illustrations

At this point, the breast implant is has been filled and the fill tube removed. The breast implant is then positioned and confirmed by feeling the edge of the implant. The other side is augmented using the same method. After breast symmetry is ensured on both breast implants the wounds are closed with dissolvable stitches on three different layers of tissue.


breast augmentation surgery illustrations

In this final of the Northern Virginia breast augmentation surgery illustrations, the image reveals the breast implant incision is closed. The remaining stitch seen will be pulled out on the first post operative visit. This type of stitch ensures no dots around the scar that has been placed in the breast crease. In other cases, the wound is closed completely without any external stitches to be removed.

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