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Scarring After Breast Augmentation

For some women, the choice between breast augmentation incisions comes down to the amount of scarring produced by each. While this shouldn’t be the only factor you consider, it may hold significant weight for you as you pursue your interest in breast augmentation. Scarring after breast augmentation can be minimized by choosing either the transaxillary or periareolar incision for your breast augmentation procedure.

No Breast Scars: Transaxillary Incision

Breast Augmentation Before and After PhotosThe transaxillary incision has the least amount of scarring because the incision is placed within the fold of the armpit. After breast augmentation with the transaxillary incision, there will be no scarring on the breasts at all. Women who are particularly concerned about scars on the breasts may want to choose this incision type.

Breast Scarring After the Periareolar Incision and Inframammary Incision

The periareolar incision is placed along the lower half of the areolas, right along the edge of where the areolas border the normal-colored breast skin. Scarring is somewhat noticeable but is minimized because it blends well with the edges of the areolas. The inframammary incision, on the other hand, is placed along the breast fold beneath the breasts. This incision leaves horizontal scarring that is more extensive than either the periareolar or transaxillary incision, but is still fairly inconspicuous.

Pros and Cons of Low-Scar Options

Scarring should not be the only factor in selecting your breast augmentation incision type. For example, while they minimize scarring, both the periareolar and transaxillary incisions limit your implant choices. If you choose either of these incision types, you may not be able to receive silicone implants, large implants, or anatomic implants. If you desire one of these implant types, you may need to have the inframammary incision, which may leave an unobtrusive scar along the breast fold. Additionally, the periareolar and transaxillary scars each come with their own set of risks. For instance, the periareolar scar has an increased risk for loss of nipple sensation, while a new incision (and resulting scar) will have to be made if breast revision is required after breast augmentation with the transaxillary incision. Ultimately, the choice comes down to whether scarring or other factors matter more to you.

No matter which incision you choose, Dr. Henry is an expert breast surgeon and will make your incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Dr. Henry will discuss each of the incision types in greater detail with you to help you determine which is best for you. To schedule your personal consultation, call our Greenbrae office at (415) 924-1313, our Sacramento office at (530) 756-7663, our Sonoma office at (707) 778-2313, or our San Francisco office (415) 924-1313 or complete our online contact form today.

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