Choosing an Incision Location for Your Breast Implants

breast augmentation before and after

One of the most important decisions that a patient must make before undergoing the breast augmentation procedure is the location of the incisions. That location is going to have a big impact on the recovery process, the visibility of the scars, and which types of implants can be used. If you have recently decided that you might be interested in getting breast implants, then you will need to spend a little bit of time researching some of the most popular incision techniques. A little bit of research is going to make this process much easier and ensure that you enjoy world-class results for many years to come.


As you are looking over the breast augmentation before and after images, you are probably going to notice that many women choose the inframammary incision technique. One of the biggest benefits of that technique is the fact that the scars can be hidden along the natural lower curves of the breasts. After the tissue has fully healed, the incisions might be nearly impossible to see. As an added bonus, both silicone and saline implants can be used with the inframammary technique, and that is going to give you more options. This incision is also relatively easy to re-open if the implants are ever going to be removed or replaced.



There are a few different reasons why you might want to take a look at the periareolar technique as well. Much like the inframammary technique, the scars are sometimes nearly invisible once the patient has completely covered. This technique involves two small incisions along the curves of the areolas. By making the incisions there, the scars often blend in with the multiple shades of skin in that area. During this type of breast augmentation procedure, the surgeon will attempt to keep the incisions as small as possible, and that is why it is usually recommended that patients go with saline implants when this technique is used.



If you don’t want to risk having any visible scarring near the breasts, then the transaxillary technique could be your best option. Instead of making the incision around the areolas or under the breast tissue, the surgeon will actually make small openings in the armpit. Through those openings, they will carefully insert deflated breast implants into the breast cavities. The biggest benefit of this technique is the fact that it will impossible for any scars to develop on the breasts. That being said, silicone implants are rarely a good option for this technique since those devices must be filled before they are inserted. If you only want a very small increase in the size of your breasts, then it might still be possible to use silicone implants.

Deciding Which Is Right for You


There are a few steps that you will need to take before you decide which incision technique is right for you. One of the best ways to get a better idea of the results is to look over some breast augmentation before and after photos. You can also carry out a little bit of research online, but you need to consult with an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to explain the pros and cons of each technique so that you can make an informed decision. They can also tell you more about the different materials that can be used in the implants themselves. Once you have gone over all of that information with the surgeon, you can set a date for the cosmetic procedure that is going to change your life.

Arlene is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Sports Nutritionist by The International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). She completed an MSc in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University and a BSc in Food and Nutrition from The University of Alabama. Arlene has worked in supplement development, sports nutrition and is currently working in clinical nutrition counseling for a rehabilitation hospital. She is a 3-time Olympic swimmer and loves running and paddle boarding. With her expertise in the world of sports, she has been able to apply her knowledge of nutrition to help athletes improve performance and achieve their goals in different sports.