Breast Augmentation Incision Options

Breast Augmentation Before and After PhotosWith breast augmentation, there are many things to consider in addition to the type of breast implants you should get. One of these important considerations is the incision technique. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi will use the transaxillary, periareolar, or inframammary incision technique to expertly perform your breast augmentation surgery.

The Transaxillary Incision

The transaxillary incision is made in the natural underarm crease. After making the incision, Dr. Mesbahi will use an endoscope to guide the breast implant through the channel to the breast pocket. He will then repeat the process for the lateral breast. Dr. Mesbahi uses this technique for submuscular placement of saline implants. For women who want silicone breast implants and/or subglandular placement, this incision may not be appropriate or even possible. Due to its location, the transaxillary incision is the only one that leaves no visible scarring on the breasts themselves.

The Periareolar Incision

As its name implies, the periareolar incision circles the areola. With this technique, Dr. Mesbahi has greater control when placing the breast implants. He can also perform surgery with more breast implant types when using this incision. One downside to the periareolar technique is that because Dr. Mesbahi must cut through the breast tissue, this technique is associated with an increased risk of changes in nipple sensation and difficulty in breastfeeding. The periareolar incision is designed to disguise scarring, as the incision scar will blend in with the border of the areola.

The Inframammary Incision

The inframammary incision runs along the breast crease, which is the natural fold beneath the breast where it meets the chest. The location of this incision means that the scar is easily hidden most of the time. In some small bathing suits or bras, the scar may be visible beneath the breast. The scar may also become more pronounced due to rubbing against underclothing. Still, this incision technique gives Dr. Mesbahi excellent visibility and control over placement of the breast implants, making the procedure an easier operation than either of the other incision types. Overall, this technique is preferred by many patients and surgeons.

Ultimately, the incision technique that is best for one woman may not be best for another. When you meet with Dr. Mesbahi for your consultation, the two of you will discuss your goals, your medical history, your lifestyle, and all other relevant factors to determine which technique will be best for you.

Dr. Mesbahi is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has ample experience in performing breast augmentation procedures on women with a variety of unique preferences and body types. He will be pleased to perform your operation and will take the greatest care to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your results. Please call our office at (703) 287-8277, or complete our online contact form to schedule your personal consultation with him today.