Breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. Women today have a range of implants that they can choose from to meet their appearance goals. When performing the procedure, there are a few different incision locations that your surgeon may use depending on your anatomy, implant type and your own personal preferences or concerns.
The inframammary incision is made in the natural fold beneath your breast. This incision is easily hidden and allows for direct access to the breast pocket. The inframammary incision can be particularly advantageous for large silicone implants, and it may also be the best incision for women hoping to resolve breast asymmetry because it allows your surgeon optimal access to the breast pocket. Additionally, this incision placement allows for easy re-entry in the event of breast revision surgery.
The periareolar incision is made along the border of the areola. This may be a good choice for women who get saline implants or smaller silicone implants. Periareolar incisions aren’t recommended for women who plan to breastfeed in the future or for women who have very small areolas. With proper scar management, the scar should fade well and blend in with the surrounding skin for beautiful results.
The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit and results in no breast scars. While this method can be effective in the right candidates, it’s not always recommended since the incision is some distance away from the breasts, which limits your surgeon’s access to the breast pocket. This incision is usually only considered for augmentation with saline implants.
Surgical skill is one of the most important factors in ensuring the most beautiful breast augmentation results. A board-certified cosmetic surgeon can explain the best breast implant incision placement for your needs.