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Best Breast Implant Incisions

A Blog on the Options for Implant Incisions

There are multiple options for incisions to place your new breast implants. These include the belly button, the armpit, around the nipple and in the breast crease. The final scar is never invisible, but it can be more or less noticeable based on its location.

Breast Implants through the Belly Button

This method leaves no scars on the breast. The scar is hidden around the belly button, but may be visible in bikinis and clothing that exposes the tummy. Only saline filled breast implants may be placed through the belly button because unfilled implants must be squeezed through a long tunnel into the breast. Typically, implants are placed over the muscle with this method. Complications or problems during or after surgery generally require an incision on the breast if additional surgery is required. This technique requires a lot of additional equipment and specialized techniques. For these reasons, and because it limits the patient to saline implants over the muscle, this incision is seldom used.

Breast Implants through the Armpit

This scar hides in the armpit and spares any incision on the breast itself. Implants are generally placed under the muscle with this method and it requires specialized equipment and cameras, like the belly button method. The scar may be visible in sleeveless clothing when you raise your arm, but it is mostly hidden. It is a less preferred method because even the best healed scars are visible in sleeveless clothing and swimwear.

Breast Implant Incision around the Nipple

This site attempts to camouflage the scar by placing it where the color changes from lighter to darker skin around the nipple (areola). However, the scar is always apparent when the breasts are viewed in the nude from the front. This method can only be used in women with moderate or larger sized areolas. This is the case because you must have enough space to make an adequate sized incision to fit the implant.

Breast Augmentation through the Breast Crease

The most common method of breast implant placement is through the breast crease or "inframammary fold." This method hides the scar under the breast in the fold. If you have a more discrete fold, the scar hides well in shadow. Women without a more prominent fold do not hide the scar as well. This scar has the potential to be undetectable in bikinis. Most plastic surgeons prefer it because it is well hidden and is the most direct technique. Because it is most direct, it gives your plastic surgeon a great deal of precision and control during surgery. Many plastic surgeons feel this gives them the best ability to create a good result.

Which Breast Augmentation Incision is Best?

This depends on three factors. First, your preferences; if you prefer your scar in a specific location, tell your plastic surgeon. Second, your anatomy; your plastic surgeon may feel that one method will work best for your particular anatomy. Third, implant selection; certain implants may not be compatible with some of the incision locations. Every woman has a unique set of goals and anatomy that requires a thoughtful discussion with your plastic surgeon to arrive at your incision choice. For more information, check out our breast augmentation incision page. If you are ready to take the next step, contact us to schedule a consultation!

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Dr. Loftus is a female plastic surgeon who is considered a national authority on plastic surgery, having appeared on numerous talk shows as an expert. Her book has become a best-selling book on plastic surgery and has earned her the reputation as a vocal advocate of patient safety, satisfaction, and education in plastic surgery. No wonder her patients have such great things to say about her…
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