Breast augmentation procedures are common in Orange County. I typically tell patients that silicone breast implants can be placed through one of three incisions. They can be placed through the axilla, through the breast crease, or through the areola. The breast crease is a nice option for an incision as it keeps a visible scar of the breast and transfers it to the crease. It is important for patients to wear a sports bra for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery to allow appropriate healing.
If the patient does not have a well-defined crease to begin with, then I find it better to place the implant via the areola. The areolar incision allows the implant to be centered on the nipple areola complex. The areolar incision can cause hypersensitivity of the nipple areola complex that usually resolves within 4 to 6 weeks.
Breast augmentation with either silicone or saline implants is common in the spring and summer months. Patients often wish to undergo breast augmentation in the spring so that they are ready to go in their bikini or strapless dress in the summer. Complete breast augmentation healing takes several weeks to months.