Incision Types

There are three different types of incisions that can be performed when getting a breast augmentation surgery. These incisions are Inframammary (incision below the breast), Transaxillary (through the armpit), and Peri-Areolar (along the lower edge of the Areola).


An inframammary incision is the most common incision when getting a breast augmentation surgery, especially when selecting silicone implants. This incision is made in the fold below the breast and carries a very low risk of complications, having been practiced in the U.S. over many decades.


A Peri-Areolar incision is done around the bottom edge of the areola and is typically four to five centimeters in length. This incision is very discreet after it is healed and often times impossible to notice as it goes along the natural edge of the areola. The benefit to a Peri-Areolar incision is it not only allows good access to the pocket where the implant is placed, but it is also far from the implant, which reduces any risks of complications occurring if the incision were to get infected. The downfall to this particular incision is with women who may be considering having children or breast feeding in the future. This particular incision could have an effect on nipple sensation as well as the rare case of causing the inability to breastfeed.


A Transaxillary incision is the least visible of the different incision options as it is made in the armpit. This ensures there are no scars anywhere near the breasts. Another benefit to Transaxillary incisions is that they are able to heal extremely fast as the incision is much smaller than the other incision options. This breast augmentation procedure is performed using an endoscope during the surgery which allows the surgeon to see the implant inside the pocket. Having the ability to see the implant inside the pocket allows them to make the best surgical decisions and precise placement of the implant. These particular incisions also carry a significantly less chance of excess bleeding while performing the surgery.