When to Choose the Inframammary Incision in Breast Augmentation

Breast AugmentationMany women who visit us for the first time here at our San Francisco plastic surgery practice for a breast augmentation consultation would often express their concern about scarring after the procedure. Although scarring after having breast implants can be influenced by various factors such as genetics, sun exposure, and smoking habits, the incision you choose in implant placement plays a significant role on the amount of scarring post-breast augmentation.

Why Choose the Inframammary Incision for the Least Amount of Scarring

Generally, there are 4 types of incision used in breast augmentation: underneath the breast folds (inframammary incision), around the areola (periareolar), in the armpit (transaxillary), and around the belly button (periumbilical).

Of all four types, the inframammary incision offers the advantage of the least amount of scarring possible after placement of breast implants. The incision made underneath the breast folds ranges between 2.5 to 5 cm in length. Consequently, a pocket is created in which the implant is carefully positioned just behind the nipple. The implant can be either placed in front or behind the chest muscle.

On the whole, the inframammary incision offers the following advantages:

  • Inconspicuous scarring (usually a thinner flatter scar in comparison to the transaxillary approach).
  • Versatility, as it can be used in either silicone or saline implants.
  • Direct placement of the implant in comparison to other approaches. Proper placement and good symmetry will most likely result from this advantage. Reduced risk of hematoma and infection than the transumbilical approach.
  • The incision site can be re-used in case revision breast augmentation is necessary e.g. when an implant has significantly shifted on the chest wall.

Let Us Help You Make the Incision Decision!

Ultimately, deciding on which incision to use is up to you. A combination of finesse, skills, and vast experience in breast enhancement surgery makes Dr. Mosser a top choice when looking for the right breast augmentation surgeon in San Francisco and neighboring areas. He is genuinely passionate in helping women look and feel good with themselves through plastic surgery.

Call us at 415.398.7778 or fill out this contact form today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you improve your life through cosmetic surgery!


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