The inframammary incision is one of the more popular incision options for patients and plastic surgeons that are performed in a breast augmentation.
The inframammary incision is made in the breast crease which is just below the breast and underneath it. With this incision the surgeon has all of the options for the desired placement of the breast implant made available to them. This advantage alone makes it a preferred incision by many plastic surgeons today. Since the surgeon gets to work closer to the breast with the inframammary incision it gives them better visibility to the area they are performing the surgery at and better vision means they have better control of the placement of the breast implant. The patient and the plastic surgeon also have all of the options on the type of breast implant that is used when the inframammary incision is performed.
If ever there comes a time when a patient needs to have a revision of the breast augmentation performed the inframammary incision is one of the best options for it. This incision can be reopened and the breast implant revision is performed without the added scars that other incisions tend to leave behind. There is also less chance of nipple sensitivity with the inframammary incision that other incisions cause.
Many patients and plastic surgeons alike choose the inframammary incision because it leaves less of a visible scar that some other incisions leave behind. Since the incision is made beneath the breast the scar is hidden in the breasts natural skin folds.
One of the down sides to using the inframammary incision in the placement of breast implants is size. When the patient wants either larger or smaller implants placed than they already have the scar left behind by the incision can be made visible. If the patient decides that larger implants are better than the scar will be higher on the breast. When the patient wants a reduction or smaller breast size than scar will be visible in the lower position. A qualified plastic surgeon will be able to tell their patient what the best options for their body type are.