What Are My Breast Augmentation Incision Options?- Charleston, SC

There are several different ways your doctor can make a breast augmentation incision. The three options are periareolar, inframammary, and transaxillary breast augmentation incisions. Dr. O’Neill will discuss the pros and cons of each of these three options with you when you come to the office for a consultation. The incision type that you end up with may vary based on the type of implant, amount of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy, and patient-surgeon preference.

Breast Augmentation incision Charleston SC

The Periareolar Incision

If the areola ( the area around the nipple) is large enough, the incision can be made within the pigmented areolar tissue. This incision is hidden even with the smallest bikini, so patients who are concerned about scarring have nothing to worry about. 

The Inframammary Incision

The inframammary (under the breast) incision is the most common approach in breast surgery. The incision is made in or adjacent to the inframammary crease. Since this incision provides the most direct route for Dr. O’Neill, it typically requires the shortest amount of time in surgery placing the breast implant. In addition, the scar may be hidden under the breast, so scarring with this incision also should not be a concern. 

The Transaxillary Incision

When breast implant patients want to avoid having their surgery scar on the breast, they may be able to have their surgical incision in the armpit, called a transaxillary incision. While this incision is in a mostly hidden location, the scar from surgery may be visible when the patient lifts her arms or when wearing certain pieces of clothing. Nonetheless, the scar left from this type of incision can be covered easily. 

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

There is no one incision option for every patient. Each patient is different and will have a say in what kind of incision they want for their breast augmentation. Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If you are considering a Charleston breast surgery procedure feel free to contact Dr. O’Neill’s office today. Call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online. 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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