Common Breast Augmentation Terms

Researching breast augmentation involves coming across a lot of surgical terms. Here are definitions of some of the more common ones:

Breast implants: medical devices placed inside your breasts to increase breast size and improve their overall shape. Implants have an outer silicone shell, and saline solution or silicone gel fill material.

Periareolar incison: an incision made around the perimeter of the areola, through which the breast implants are placed in the breast pocket.

Inframammary incision: an incision made in the breast crease between the breast and chest, through which breast implants are placed.

Capsular contracture: a breast augmentation complication in which otherwise normal scar tissue around a breast implant tightens and squeezes, causing a distorted breast appearance. Capsular contracture can be treated and reversed.

Subglandular placement: when the breast implants are placed behind the breast tissue but in front of the pectoral muscle.

Subpectoral placement: when the breast implants are placed behind the pectoral muscle. May also be referred to as “submuscular” placement.

To find out if Dr. Beck’s greater San Francisco breast surgery services are right for your cosmetic goals, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation.


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