Everything you want to know about how implants are put in your body

Incision Overview

In breast augmentation surgery where any form of implant will be placed in the breast there are four main areas that are utilized for the implantation process. All of the incisions are used to keep the incision in an inconspicuous area and minimize visible scar tissue from forming. You should have a discussion with your plastic surgeon about what entry point is right for you and will help you meet your overall goals.


Periareolar Incision

This incision is done at the base of the areola. This incision type is used commonly with certain types of breast lifts, with areola reduction surgery, and breast implant surgery.   There are pros and cons to this type of breast implant. This type of incision may cause reduced sensitivity in the nipple, but it is also very hard to see once healed.

Inframammary Incision

This incision is made in the crease under the breast, just above where the rib cage and breast come together. This is one of the most common forms of incision used during breast enlargement procedures. Once the incision is made it is used to create a pocket inside the body, either over or under the chest muscle, and then the implant is inserted through the incision.


Transaxillary Incision

This form of incision is done in the armpit. This method allows for an inconspicuous scar that is not near the breast. This method cannot always be used because as it depends upon the type and size of the implant being used. However, this is a very popular choice since the scar is in a spot that does not normally receive a lot of attention by other people.


Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) Incision

This incision is made in the folds of your belly button and is usually C or J shaped. A flexible tube with a camera is used so that the surgeon can find a path to the breast and place the implant. This method usually results in a lower rate of infection, quicker recovery time, and shorter surgery. However, only saline implants can be placed using this method as silicone implants are too large to be placed with this incision.


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