Before getting breast augmentation surgery, there are several important decisions that you and your surgeon will have to make. One of these decisions includes choosing the type of incision that fits your needs. The two most common types of breast augmentation incisions are Inframammary and Periareolar. While there are other incision options as well, these are less common due to their complexity and potential to negatively impact implant placement and results. Each option has its pros and cons, so it is important to be aware of them and discuss with Dr. Campanile which will be the best fit for you.
Inframammary incisions are made in the crease under the breast. From this incision, your implant can be inserted below or above the chest muscle. Many women prefer this type of incision because the scar is barely noticeable in the breast fold. It also gives a surgeon the maximum amount of access to the surgical site, allowing the ability to fine-tune how the implants are placed. Whether opting for smaller breast implants or larger, this is a popular option for many women.
Periareolar incisions are made around the border of the areola. The benefit of this type of incision is that the scar is naturally concealed in the darker skin of the areola. However, the incision is smaller and may give the surgeon somewhat less control when placing an implant. There is also more risk of potentially affecting the milk ducts, so it is a more optimal choice for women who are not planning on breastfeeding after the procedure. If you are having a combined breast lift and breast augmentation, your surgeon will use a modified periareolar incision known as a “lollipop” or “anchor” that extends around the areola and down to the breast crease.
While both types of incisions have their advantages and disadvantages, the type that’s best for your breast surgery will be based on your individual needs. For the best results, it is important to discuss these options with a highly-skilled breast augmentation surgeon like Dr. Campanile.