Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


Implant Incisions: Can I Choose the Type of Incision?


Successful breast augmentation procedures involve several important decisions that you and your doctor will have to make together. One of those decisions is what your preferred type of breast implant incision will be.

Like types of implants and size, implant incision placement is a personal decision that you need to make. Although Dr. Mussat will guide you in this regard, the choice is still up to you. After all, it is only you who truly knows what you want your breasts to look and feel after the surgery.

Breast Implant Incision Types

As there are several types of incisions, you may be confused as to what incision to choose for your procedure. Take a close look at the most common incisions, which includes their pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision.

  • Transaxillary

Dr. Mussat will make an incision in the natural folds of your armpit to create a channel from the underarm down to the breast. This point of access will allow her to insert the breast implant and place it just behind the nipples. The advantage of this type of incision is the distance between the incision site and breast, which leaves no scars on the breast.

The incision scar may be visible in the armpits, especially when you lift your arms or wear a bikini or a sleeveless top. However, the scars will fade overtime.

The disadvantage of this type is it has a risk of breast asymmetry. Therefore, this is more suited for saline breast implants, as they’re not filled upon insertion.

  • Periareolar

Dr. Mussat will make this incision around the outer perimeter of your areola, that dark pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple. This makes the incision scar less visible.

The biggest advantage of this type is that the surgeon has greater control of the implant placement, which provides higher accuracy of the implant’s position.

The downside to this is there’s a higher risk of loss of nipple sensation. If you plan to have a baby in the future, this type may not be for you as breastfeed may not be possible.

  • Inframammary

The incision site is along the crease found at the bottom of your breast, where the breast and skin meet. This incision will create a pocket for the placement of the implant, which provides better visibility and accuracy.

Although the scars are visible, they should fade with proper care. They’re easily covered with clothing as well. Also, there’s minimal risk of nipple sensation loss with this type of incision.

Now that you know the common incision types, you can choose which one you feel will work best for you. Feel rest assured knowing that Dr. Mussat is confident and competent to perform these incisions. For more information about breast augmentation, call her practice today.