If you’re considering breast implant surgery, choosing the right incision option helps achieve your desired results. At Chennai Plastic Surgery, Dr. Karthik Ram offers various incision techniques, each with its unique advantages and considerations. Understanding these options will help you make an informed decision that aligns with your aesthetic goals and lifestyle.

Inframammary Incision

The inframammary incision is one of the most common methods used for breast implant surgery. This technique involves making an incision in the fold beneath the breast. This method provides the surgeon with direct access to the breast tissue, facilitating precise implant placement. The scar is typically hidden under the natural breast fold, making it less noticeable. Additionally, it is suitable for various types of implants and sizes.

However, while hidden, the scar may be visible when lying down or raising the arms. It also requires diligent post-surgical care for proper healing and minimize scar visibility.

Periareolar Incision

The periareolar incision involves making an incision around the outer edge of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

This technique offers excellent scar camouflage, as the incision blends with the natural color transition of the areola. It also allows for precise implant placement and adjustment. But there is a potential risk of affecting nipple sensation due to the proximity of the incision to the nerves. Additionally, it may sometimes impact the ability to breastfeed, as it involves cutting near milk ducts.

Transaxillary Incision

The transaxillary incision is made in the armpit, leaving no scar on the breast itself. This has the primary advantage of leaving the breast free from visible scars. Recovery can be faster, and there is less post-operative discomfort in the breast area.

Please note that this technique requires a high level of skill and experience from the surgeon and is not suitable for all types of implants, particularly larger sizes or certain shapes.

Choosing the Right Incision for You

Selecting the appropriate incision method for your breast implant surgery depends on several factors, including your anatomy, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals. During your consultation at Chennai Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ram will discuss these factors in detail to recommend the best approach tailored to your needs.


  • Anatomy: Your body’s unique structure, including the size and shape of your breasts, the elasticity of your skin, and the position of the breast fold, can influence which incision type will yield the best results. For instance, a well-defined breast fold might be ideal for an inframammary incision, while a smaller areola may not be suitable for a periareolar incision.
  • Aesthetic Goals: The final appearance you want will significantly impact the choice of incision. If you prefer to have no visible scars on your breasts, the transaxillary incision might be the best option. On the other hand, if precise positioning and symmetry are your top priorities, the inframammary or periareolar incision might be more appropriate.
  • Lifestyle: Your daily activities and lifestyle preferences play a crucial role in deciding the incision type. If you lead an active lifestyle or engage in sports that involve significant arm movement, the transaxillary incision could potentially interfere with your activities during recovery. Alternatively, if your profession involves regular lifting or overhead movements, an inframammary incision might offer a quicker and more comfortable healing process.

Consult with Dr. Ram Today

To learn more about breast implant incision options and determine the best choice for you, schedule a consultation today. Contact us at Chennai Plastic Surgery and take the first step towards enhancing your confidence and achieving your aesthetic goals. Dr. Karthik Ram at Chennai Plastic Surgery is dedicated to helping you achieve your desired look with personalized care and expertise.