In this method, a small incision is made in the fold underneath the breast. The inframammary method is popular because the length of the scar is minimized. In addition, it typically heals well and is mostly hidden since it is underneath the breast. The ability to breastfeed is less likely to be affected with this method since the breast gland is away from the incision.
In a peri-areolar augmentation, the incision is made along the lower edge of the areola, usually from the 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock position. This scar can heal naturally and not be well hidden. Since this approach requires cutting through the breast gland, there is a risk of altered nipple sensation and the ability to breastfeed may be impaired.
In a transaxillary augmentation, the incision is made in the vertical crease of the armpit. There are no incisions on the breasts, therefore, there is no scarring on the breasts themselves. Disadvantages of this approach include poor visualization for the surgeon and difficulty placing the implant in the proper position.