There are a number of decisions you’ll make with the help of your surgeon as you approach your breast augmentation procedure. One important decision you’ll make together will be the type of breast implant incision that will be used during your surgery.
Here, we’ll review three of the most common breast implant incisions and the benefits of each so you can understand your options and be well prepared for the conversation you’ll have with your doctor.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Incision Options
Breast augmentation surgery incisions are made in inconspicuous areas in order to minimize visible scarring from the procedure. There are number of incision options available. Three of the most common types of breast augmentation incisions are:
The Inframammary Incision
This incision goes along the underside of the breast, in the fold where the lower part of the breast meets the chest.
Benefits of the inframammary incision include:
- An unobstructed view and increased surgical precision for your surgeon
- Allows for placement of both silicone or saline implants
- Allows for placement of the implant either below or above the chest muscle
- Minimally noticeable scarring
- The same incision can be used again if adjustments need to be made down the road, which eliminates additional scarring
The Periareolar Incision
This incision is made along the edge of the areola, typically along the bottom side.
Benefits of the periareolar incision include:
- The scar from this incision can be almost invisible, aligning with the darker skin of the nipple
- Allows for accurate placement of the implants since the incision is so close to the implant location
- As with the inframammary incision, the periareolar incision can be used again if implant adjustments need to be made later on, preventing the need for additional scarring
The Transaxillary Incision
This incision is made in the armpit, within the natural folds of skin that exist there.
Benefits of the transaxillary incision include:
- The incision is so far from the breast that the scar may not be associated with a breast implant procedure if it is noticed
- Minimal contact with the mammary gland, which is especially beneficial for women still hoping to have children and breastfeed.
What is the Most Popular Type of Breast Implant Incision?
Generally, the inframammary incision is the most commonly used type of breast implant incision, followed by the periareolar incision.
These incisions tend to offer the most benefit to both the patients and the surgeons performing the procedures. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these incision options aren’t necessarily ideal for everyone. There are a variety of factors that will impact the best incision type for you, and having a discussion with your doctor is the best way to figure out which option you should go with.
What Factors Impact The Type of Incision I Will Have During My Breast Augmentation Procedure?
The following factors are typically taken into consideration when determining the breast augmentation incision type that is right for you:
- The size of the implant
- The type of implant (saline or silicone)
- The placement of the implant
- Your body type and anatomy
- Your aesthetic goals
- Your surgeon’s recommendations
Keep in mind, though, that every individual is different so different factors may ultimately influence the incision type that you decide on.
Ready to Learn More About Breast Augmentation?
If you’re considering a breast augmentation procedure and you’re interested in learning more about the incision options and which type might be right for you, talking to an experienced plastic surgeon is a good next step to take.
Located in the Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, or Adirondack region of Upstate NY? If so, make an appointment with one of the area’s top plastic surgeons – Dr. Juan Garcia! Schedule your consultation by calling 518-793-0475 or contacting us online!
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