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Breast Augmentation Incision Options

One of the breast augmentation options you will discuss with Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso is the placement of the incision required to place the breast implant. After listening to your cosmetic goals, reviewing your medical history, and performing a medical exam Dr. Gayoso will make a recommendation about which incision will best help you get the results you desire. Since scars from Dr. Gayoso’s breast surgery generally heal quite well, there is rarely a problem with the scar from breast augmentation. Nonetheless, patients have preferences for their scar location, and Dr. Gayoso provides all the widely accepted approaches.

Although this page contains some basic information, the best way to learn about the details of your breast augmentation incision options is in a consultation with Dr. Gayoso. Please contact Gayoso Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.

Breast Augmentation Incisions

Dr. Gayoso performs breast augmentation with all three commonly-accepted incision options, including:

  • Inframammary (at the breast crease)
  • Periareolar (at the lower edge of the areola, the colored tissue around the nipple)
  • Transaxillary (in the armpit)

All of these incision sites allow the placement of breast implants in either the submuscular or subglandular position, and all can be used with either silicone or saline breast implants.

Inframammary Incision

The inframammary incision is the most commonly used incision site. It is one of the best incision sites for concealing the scar, because the incision is hidden in the shadow of the breast, It is generally invisible unless the breast is lifted up. This scar hides best for women who have a well-developed breast crease.

Periareolar Incision

This incision is made around the bottom of the areola. Although this is in a very visible portion of the breast, it is concealed by the change in color, height, and texture at the edge of the areola. Some women fear or have been told that this incision increases the risk of a loss of sensation or breastfeeding difficulties, research shows that all incision sites have the same low risk for these complications. The main drawback is that this incision cannot be used if the areola is too small to allow an adequate incision.

Transaxillary Incision

This incision is made in the armpit. This incision can be used for either saline or silicone implants, but if a large silicone implant is to be used, this may not be a good choice. The main advantage of this incision is that there is no scar on the breast, although the armpit scar will be exposed more routinely than the other incision sites. One disadvantage of this incision location is that in the event that a revision surgery is necessary, one of the other incisions will be required, leading to a second scar.

Dr. Gayoso’s Expertise

Breast augmentation is one of the few procedures where you actually get to pick your incision site, so it is not something most people are used to. The factors that go into making this decision are complex and varied, dependent highly on the individual character of your breasts and your aesthetic goals. In this decision, more than any other you rely on the judgment and expertise of your surgeon, and it makes it all the more important to work with a surgeon you trust. Dr. Gayoso’s training and experience speak for themselves, and during your consultation you will learn whether he is a surgeon you can work with.

To learn more about your breast augmentation options, please call or email Gayoso Plastic Surgery today to schedule your breast surgery consultation in Tampa, St Petersburg, or Clearwater, Florida.