Patients and doctors have many different decisions to make when going through a breast augmentation procedure. One of those decisions is the type and location of the incision. There are two main types of incisions: the areola incision and the inframammary incision.

Every patient is different, so there are factors unique to you that should be considered before surgery. Both incisions can create great results, neither one is riskier than the other, and they both heal very well. Let’s take a more detailed look at the advantages and disadvantages of both common incisions so you can have the information you need to make an informed decision.

Pros and Cons of The Areola Incision

This type of incision for breast augmentation is done through the lower border of the areola. Patients may consider the areola incision because the areolar tissue can, in some cases, easily hide the scar. For those who don’t want a scar to be easily visible when wearing swimwear, for example, this incision is a popular choice. It’s also a good approach if a breast lift is to follow a breast augmentation.

One reason why women should not consider the areola incision is because of the possible exposure to bacteria in the breast tissue. This could lead to infections and necessitate a return visit to the doctor. However, with proper care following the procedure, you shouldn’t experience any serious side effects.

Pros and Cons of the Inframammary Incision

The inframammary incision, also known as the breast fold incision, is great for providing surgeons the access required to place silicone gel implants. It is also convenient should a patient need treatment in the future for sagging breasts. Plus, the scar can be nearly completely hidden by the breast itself, depending on the size.

One of the disadvantages of the inframammary incision is you can’t easily hide the scar if your breasts don’t have deep enough folds. If you’re self-conscious about having a visible scar after your breast augmentation surgery, this is a concern. Otherwise, there are virtually no other disadvantages to this type of incision, other than the scar possibly being more visible than the areola incision.

Which Incision Location is Best For You?

The bottom line is, both of these breast augmentation incision locations are common and can be easily and safely done by a professional. Most women who live in and around Beverly Hills choose the type of incision they want based on its appearance and how visible it is afterward. Since there are very few health risks for either incision type, you may want to consult with your doctor about which incision is right for you based on your desired breast size and other factors.

William Bruno Plastic Surgery is experienced with these two common incision locations when it comes to breast augmentation. Don’t worry too much about the type of incision you should get. Instead, contact us to set up an appointment to discuss any concerns you may have and get the best recommendation for your specific body type and desired post-surgery look.