If you're considering breast implant surgery, one of the most important decisions you'll need to make is where the incision will be made. Your decision can impact you, your recovery, and your future scarring, so it's important to understand the pros and cons of each location before making a choice. Here's a closer look at your options.
The periareolar incision is made along the edge of the areola or darker skin around the nipple. This type of incision is ideal for patients who want minimal scarring because your surgeon can easily conceal the incision along the edge of the areola. The periareolar option is suitable for smaller implants. However, limited access may make larger implants more difficult to place via this type of incision.
This type of incision is made in the natural crease beneath the breast and runs from side to side across your chest wall. The area provides surgeons with optimal access and visibility during surgery, making it an excellent choice for larger implant sizes and revision surgeries. Scarring from this type of incision is usually quite minimal but may be more visible than other options due to its location. For example, a larger or tear-shaped implant may hide the incision, while a smaller implant may leave the scar exposed.
This type of incision is made in the armpit area and gives surgeons access via an endoscope camera, allowing them to view inside the torso without making a large opening in your body. The incision is hidden within the armpit area. Access can be limited with transaxillary incisions depending on how much tissue needs to be moved out of the way during surgery, making this option best suited for smaller implants or corrective surgery. Additionally, there may be some discomfort after surgery due to swelling in this region caused by manipulation during surgery.
A transumbilical incision is made through the navel or belly button. Like transaxillary, surgeons use an endoscope and other instruments to access the breast tissue. This incision is completely hidden inside your belly button and is not visible to anyone. Due to the complex nature of transumbilical breast implant surgery, it is not as widely performed as other options.
No matter what type of procedure you decide on, it's important to weigh all your options carefully before deciding which surgical incision site would work best for you. Make sure you discuss all available options with your breast implant surgeon before choosing one. Ultimately, understanding your breast implant surgery options can help ensure that your final choice provides optimal post-surgery results.