Learn about Your Breast Implant Incision Location Options

Different incision approaches create different type of scars, and some are easier to hide than others. With your input, your cosmetic surgeon or board-certified plastic surgeon will select your breast implant incision location. Breast implant surgeons prefer to use certain types of incision approaches based on the type of breast implants you’ve chosen and how much breast tissue manipulation will be involved. Also, certain incisions carry more risks than others. 

There are four main types of breast implant incision locations used in breast augmentation surgery. Each breast implant incision location and technique offers its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your cosmetic surgeon can discuss all of your different options during your consultation.

Where Are the Breast Implant Incision Locations?

The four basic locations selected for most breast implant procedures include:

  • Under breast crease incision (inframamillary)
  • Nipple incision (periareolar incision)
  • Armpit incision (transaxillary)
  • Belly button incision (transumbilical)

Your breast augmentation surgeon can review different breast implant incision locations and sizes with you during your consultation. Additional decisions you’ll need to make include your breast implant shape, the type of breast implant you want — take a look at successful results in these silicone implant pictures and saline implants pictures — and your breast implant size.

What is the Length of My Breast Implant Incision?

Your breast implant incision location and pattern depend on your implant type, implant size, overall goals and your lifestyle. The incisions can range from one to four inches or more in length, depending on the type of breast implant and the breast implant incision location. In some cases, a breast lift and a breast augmentation procedure can be performed using the same incision. Silicone implants require a larger incision than saline implants.