Breast augmentation procedures typically last approximately one to two hours. Prior to the start of your procedure the treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed and an anesthetic will be administered. Depending on the surgeon’s preferences and the nature of the procedure, a local anesthetic in combination with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will be used.
The periareolar incision is one of the most common incisions used in breast augmentation. A single small incision is usually placed along the perimeter of the areola. Using an instrument known as a retractor, the surgeon will open the incision in order to gain better access to the breast tissue below. Although the incision will be made as inconspicuously as possible, its length and appearance may vary depending on the type and size of implant, your body contours, and the surgeon’s preference.