Breast Augmentation Scars: Incision Options

One of the first questions many women ask when considering breast augmentation is: Where will the incision go and how will the scar look?

It’s understandable that women want to look good, and in most cases, breast augmentation is for cosmetic purposes, so the concern about breast implant scarring is normal.

Dr. Paul Wigoda, a Fort Lauderdale breast augmentation plastic surgeon gives his insight to the types of breast implant incisions and the pros/cons of each.

Breast Augmentation Incisions and Scars
There are three different breast implant incisions that are offered for breast augmentation, including:

  1. Inframammary: Below the breast in the fold
  2. Periareolar: Around the lower half of the areola (nipple)
  3. Transaxillary: In the armpit

According to Dr. Wigoda, some patients may be better candidates for using one incision over the other but most patients are good candidates for at least two if not all three types of breast augmentation incision. In most cases, placement of incision is up to the patient and where they would prefer to have their scar. The good news is, that in the vast majority of Fort Lauderdale breast augmentation cases the scars heal well and eventually are minimally noticeable.

Read on for the pros and cons of the three different types of breast augmentation incisions and scaring.

Breast Implant Incision: Below the breast in the fold (Inframammary)
Pro: This is the most common incision used by plastic surgeons. The scar from this incision is not visible when sitting up or standing. Also, in the future, if a woman’s breast implants need to be removed, most surgeons will do so through this incision. If the woman’s original implants were placed through a different incision, they will now have scars in two locations.
Con: The incision can be seen when the patent is laying down but in most cases the scar is unnoticeable after six months.

Breast Implant Incision: Around the lower half of the areola (Periareolar)
Pro: If placed correctly, the periareolar scar heals very nicely and is often difficult to find even by a trained eye.
Con: In order to use this incision the areola has to be larger than 3.4 to 4.0 centimeters across.

Breast Implant Incision: In the armpit (Transaxillary)
Pro: With the introduction of endoscopic surgery, breast augmentation through the armpit has become more common.
Con: For the first six months after breast augmentation the scar will be noticeable when a woman raises her arms and is wearing a sleeveless shirt. Women considering Fort Lauderdale breast augmentation and live in sunny South Florida may want to take this con into consideration.

For more information about breast augmentation, the types of incisions, and breast implant scars contact Dr. Wigoda at 954.463.7088 or visit www.doctorwigoda.com.