There are a number of different choices that should be made available to patients when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. One of those choices is the location of the incision through which the implant will be inserted. That there are 4 possible incision locations may come as a surprise to you as most augmentations are done through an incision in the fold under the breast. However, there are other locations that could be a better choice in your case.
So, what are the other options available?
There are four incision sites that can be used:
- Under the breast
- In the armpit
- Under the nipple
- In the navel
When to avoid the standard ‘under-breast’ incision site.
For most patients, the under-breast incision is the best choice. It provides the best access and visibility for the doctor, and any size or shape of implant can be inserted through it. However, there are also some negatives: the scar can be 5-6cm long, and while it’s not easily visible when standing upright, it can be more noticeable when lying down. Also, if your skin is prone to developing thick or raised scars, or your skin colour is likely to cause pigmented scars, such scars could significantly mar an otherwise beautiful breast result.
Which alternative incision sites are there?
The only incision location that we DON’T offer is the navel. While it provides for a very discreet and far away scar, the technique is only suitable for Saline Implants and it can also leave grooves under the abdominal skin where the instruments have passed.
As regards the other possible incision locations, the final choice will basically depend on the patient’s personal preference and the type of implant selected. For example, your doctor may recommend an armpit incision for a model who doesn’t want a visible scar on, or under, the breast. On the other hand, a patient wanting ‘Teardrop’ shaped implants, can only have the under-breast incision.
Want more information?
Find out more about the different incision sites along with their pros and cons on our with our Blog article: Breast Augnmentation Incisions.