What Incision Options do I Have?
There are three different incision options for placing breast implants. Contact cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Broadway, Denver, Colorado plastic surgeon, to discuss which incision location is best suited for your breast implant surgery.
An infra-mammary incision is made at the bottom of the breast and remains hidden in the fold. No breast tissue is cut and it will not interfere with breast feeding. This is the most versatile incision and offers your surgeon the most control when placing your implant. This method also offers easier access should future surgery of any kind need to be performed.
- The incision in the fold beneath the breast may be irritated by your bra during healing. The scar remains red for a longer period of time (approximately 12-18 months).
This type of incision is made around the nipple. This incision makes it easier for your surgeon to correct any uneven appearance to the areola. It also makes it easier to correct nipple inversion. The scar is well-hidden at the edge of the areola where skin color changes.
- The chance of losing nipple sensation is slightly higher (about 2-5%) with a peri-areolar incision.
- Future breast-feeding difficulties will occur in 20% of patients.
An axillary incision is placed in the armpit, which prevents the scar from being readily visible.
- The risk of uneven placement of the implants is higher with this type of incision (approximately 10-15%). Any future surgery would require additional incisions resulting in other scars.
As you can see, there are options available concerning incision placement for breast implant surgery. Where your incisions will be made depends on your choices, your surgeon’s recommendations and the type of implant you are choosing.
To learn more about breast implants surgery and the options available to you, please contact breast implants expert Dr. David Broadway at the Broadway Center for Plastic Surgery in Denver, Colorado today to schedule a private consultation.