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Endoscopic Breast Augmentation: Smaller Incision, Better Result

Breast augmentation is a highly developed plastic surgery procedure with plenty of options for customization. Since the demand for breast implants is so high, medical equipment companies and plastic surgeons alike are constantly looking for ways to make the procedure safer, more successful, and more appealing to patients. Most recently, a technique called endoscopic breast augmentation has become popular among the plastic surgery crowds in cities like Los Angeles and New York City. Some experts claim that endoscopic breast augmentation can make breast surgery more efficient and less likely to scar.

Endoscopic Breast Augmentation Overview

An endoscope is an instrument that can be inserted into the body during surgery to help doctors see exactly what they are doing. An endoscope has a miniature camera attached to the end, which transmits to a nearby screen. While a surgeon can always see inside an open wound, an endoscope makes it possible to see beyond the limitations of the wound. Endoscopes also allow for precise surgical work without having to create a large incision, since the endoscope travels where surgical tools and the eyes cannot. Endoscopic technology has been used in medical surgery since the 1960s. Plastic surgeons began utilizing the tool in their work more recently. It’s useful in many different procedures, including rhinoplasty, liposuction, and breast augmentation.

During endoscopic breast augmentation, the plastic surgeon will make an incision in the underarm or navel. The implant is then pushed through the incision toward the breast. The endoscope helps position the implant on the chest without much trauma to the underlying breast tissue, and without an incision on the breast.

Benefits of Endoscopic Breast Augmentation

  • Less scarring. Incisions through the navel or underarm won’t leave an unsightly scar on the breast.
  • No risk of nipple desensitizing. Women who are concerned about breast augmentation altering the sensory nerves in their nipples (for example, women who plan to breastfeed) often prefer endoscopic breast augmentation, which avoids the nipples.
  • Ideal for replacement breast augmentation. The endoscope can find the existing implant and allow visibility while removing it.

Disadvantages of Endoscopic Breast Augmentation

Endoscopic breast augmentation can provide many benefits for patients that want to reduce the risk of scarring in their surgery. However, it’s not a standard procedure—it requires special training and should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Breast Augmentation Resources can connect you with a plastic surgeon in your area with experience in endoscopic breast augmentation. To schedule a consultation with a doctor near you, contact us today!

 

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