4 Types of Breast Augmentation Incisions

Close Up Of Female Model's Breasts in Black BraThousand Oaks’ Dr. Costanzo is a board certified plastic surgeon and a breast augmentation specialist, so it’s no surprise that he has performed thousands of breast augmentations over the years. As Dr. Costanzo meets with Thousand Oaks women for breast augmentation consultations, one of the questions he gets asked most is what will the procedure’s scarring look like? And the answer is, it all depends on which of the four incision types you choose. Read on to learn about the four possible breast augmentation incision types and discover which one may be right for you.


The Periareolar Incision

The periareolar incision is when an incision is made along the bottom of your areola. From this incision site, a breast implant is placed into the breast pocket. Plastic surgeon’s like Thousand Oaks’ Dr. Costanzo like the periareolar incision because they are working directly at the site of the breast, which makes it easier for them to provide their patients with symmetrical results. And breast augmentation patients like the periareolar incision because the scar is disguised along the bottom of the areola, where the darker skin meets the lighter skin. However, despite the benefits of a periareolar incision, it can cut through milk ducts, so it’s not recommended for women who plan to breastfeed a baby in the future.


The Inframammary Incision

Another popular incision made at the breast site; the inframammary incision is made along the bottom crease of the breast, where the breast meets the rib cage. The incision is hidden a long the breast crease itself, as well as by a bra or bikini line. Just like with the periareolar incision, plastic surgeons like Dr. Costanzo like that the inframammary incision is at the breast site, making it easier to give Thousand Oaks breast augmentation patients the even results they desire.


The Transaxillary Incision

A transaxillary incision is when Dr. Costanzo makes an incision under the armpit, then creates a tunnel in which to place the breast implant into the breast pocket. While many Thousand Oaks women like that a transaxillary incision hides scarring under the arms and leaves no incision on the breasts, this incision type may make it harder to provide these women with symmetrical results.  The transaxillary incision is best used for saline implants.


The TUBA Incision

The final breast augmentation incision type is the TUBA incision, in which an incision is made in the belly button, and a breast implant is inserted through a tunnel to its final destination – the breast pocket. Although this incision type is not on the breast, it runs the risk of creating some lumpiness in the abdomen while tunneling for insertion of the implant.   Dr. Costanzo doesn’t recommend his Thousand Oaks patients use this incision.   Also, just like with the transaxillary incision, the incision’s distance from the breasts may make it harder for Dr. Costanzo to provide you with symmetrical results.


Which Breast Augmentation Incision Type is Right for Me?

There are factors to consider when choosing a breast augmentation incision type, such as the type of implants being used – silicone or saline, are the areolas large enough to use a periareolar incision and the possibility of future breastfeeding. This is why it’s so important to come to your breast augmentation consultation with an open mind. No matter how much you have researched breast augmentation surgery on the Internet, nothing will compare to having an open and honest discussion with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Costanzo.

If you are considering a breast augmentation in the Thousand Oaks area, call Dr. Costanzo’s offices today at (805) 373-9919 to schedule a free consultation, full breast evaluation and to discuss the several choices you’ll need to make for your breast augmentation surgery.