Each woman’s breast anatomy is unique, and will have a significant role to play in determining the final results of breast augmentation cosmetic surgery. The goal of the breast surgeon should be to tailor the procedure according to the specific characteristics of the breast anatomy of the patient as well as her individual aesthetic desires.
Dr. Brian J. Parker is a dedicated plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation and various other surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Parker will carefully assess the patient’s anatomical and aesthetic needs before creating a customized surgical plan. He provides breast augmentation to patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities.
Elements of Breast Anatomy
The surgical plan for breast augmentation plastic surgery will be finalized only after a scientific evaluation of the breast anatomy. Multiple skin layers cover the breast area along with superficial blood vessels and nerves. The deepest skin layer is the dermis, which offers foundational support to the skin. In each woman, the thickness of the dermis can differ.
Women with the best skin will typically be those who have the thickest dermis. Elastin fibers in the skin allow it to remain elastic and stretch as needed. Elasticity can become weaker due to aging, pregnancy and other factors, and the skin may become relatively thinner. Breasts may tend to sag due to this skin laxity. In some other cases, quick expansion of the breast may lead to stretch marks.
All these factors will have to be considered by the cosmetic surgeon before advising the right size and shape of breast implants. For women who suffer from poor skin elasticity, larger implant sizes may not be recommended because it may cause lower pole fall-out. Dr. Parker considers all these conditions carefully while developing a customized plan for breast augmentation. He receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and nearby locations.
Nipples and Areolas
Nipple and areola are a part of the topmost breast skin layer. The gland structures in the areola tissue make it colored and different from the rest of the skin. The skin becomes thinner and stretches more. Areola size and nipple position will also differ from one woman to another. If the nipples appear to be very low or pointing downwards due to heavily sagging skin, the surgeon may recommend breast lift along with breast augmentation.
Inframammary fold or IMF is one of the important elements of breast anatomy from the viewpoint of breast augmentation surgery. This breast fold appears usually where the ‘underwire’ of a bra is placed. Even if the natural breasts appear too small to create a fold, the anatomical structure of the fold will still be there. The fold is important because the implant will normally rest on it.
If the breast surgeon places the implants correctly, the fold will provide sufficient support to the implant. Special attention should be paid to the IMF when the surgeon is positioning the implants during surgical placement. If this aspect is neglected, the shape and appearance of the augmented breasts may not turn out to be as expected.