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Ask the Doctor: What is the Best Incision Site for a Breast Augmentation


Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done for women today. Not only can this procedure boost self-esteem, it can also help clothing to fit better. For women considering this procedure, it is important to understand it fully. One decision patients will have to make is which type of incision they would like to use. Here, we will go over the different types of incisions used in breast augmentation surgery.

Periareolar Incision

This type of incision follows around the outer edge of the areola, and is usually done on the lower half of the areola. A pocket is then created and the implant is inserted. The scar of a periareolar incision of often concealed quite well due to the darker coloring of the areolar border. This incision can also be reused in any future breast surgeries that may occur.

Inframammary Incision

The inframammary incision is made along the lower breast crease. This scar is easily hidden by a bra or bikini top, so it is a popular choice among women. This type of incision can also be reused in any future breast surgeries. There is also no added risk of nerve damage in the nipples with this incision.

Transaxillary Incision

The transaxillary incision is made in the natural fold of the armpit. Many women choose this type of incision because it does not require any scarring on or around the breasts. This can also help greatly lessen the chance that any damage be done to the breasts that may impair the ability to breastfeed. Saline implants are often used with this technique in order to keep the incision small.

Overall, there is no one incision site that is “the best”, because each woman’s breasts are different and require different treatment. To find the optimal incision site for your breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg. There, he will discuss your personal breast contour goals, and take into consideration your medical history, skin elasticity, and breast size and shape.

If you are located in the Baltimore, MD area and interested in breast augmentation surgery, contact The Plastic Surgery Center today.

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Lawrence Rosenberg, MD

Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg is a founding member of The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland. He began his plastic surgery practice in Baltimore after completing 13 years of extensive postgraduate training. Today, he is a distinguished surgeon, expertly performing breast augmentations, breast lifts, liposuctions, tummy tucks, facelifts, facial rejuvenation, and more for patients in the Maryland area and beyond. View all posts by Lawrence Rosenberg, MD

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