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The Pros and Cons of the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision

Posted October 16, 2015 in Breast Augmentation

Lady in a black braDr. Kimberly A. Henry is one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in the San Francisco, achieving excellent results that help patients look and feel their best. In many instances, breast augmentation surgery can dramatically improve confidence and appearance, which is why it’s the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the world.

There are many different ways that a breast augmentation procedure can be tailored to the needs of a patient. Let’s consider one particular surgical option: the transaxillary breast augmentation incision.

About the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision

The transaxiallary breast augmentation method refers to the placement of the incision in the armpit. Working through this armpit incision, a plastic surgeon can insert a saline breast implant into the breast and enhance the overall size and shape of a patient’s bustline in the process. This is a hidden incision method since there will be no direct incision made on the breasts themselves.

Candidates for this incision method should be in good health and not suffer from medical conditions that would make the surgery a potential health risk. It’s also important that patients have realistic expectations about the nature of the surgery and what it entails.

The Advantages of the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision

The primary advantage of the transaxillary breast augmentation incision is that the incision is hidden from view. The armpit incision is hardly noticeable by most people, and since there are no incisions on the breast, the patient is allowed to wear any kinds of bathing suits, undergarments, and tops without worry of visible scarring.

If there is any concern about the armpit scar, the surgeon makes the incision as small as possible and the scar will typically fade with time.

The Disadvantages of the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision

There are a few notable disadvantages about the transaxillary breast augmentation incision.

First of all, only saline breast implants can be used for the procedure. If the patient wishes to have silicone breast implants instead, a different incision option will have to be used instead.

In addition, cosmetic surgeons often have less control overall position of the breast implant when working through the transaxillary incision. This could mean some difficulty when it comes to placing the breast implant under the pectoral muscle. This can be discussed more during the consultation process.

Alternative Incision Options

There are three other common kinds of breast augmentation incision methods that can be used to place the implants. They are as follows:

  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Incisions – Another form of hidden incision, this type of incision is concealed in the belly button. As with the transaxillary method, only saline breast implants can be placed using this incision method.
  • Periareolar Breast Augmentation Incisions – This incision method involves an incision made around the areola. Saline or silicone breast implants can used used in this surgical technique.
  • Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incisions – This incision method involves an incision made along the crease where the underside of the breast meets the chest. Saline or silicone breast implants can used used in this surgical technique.

Each of these incision options can be discussed in more detail during the consultation process.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and how it can help you achieve a fuller and more appealing frame, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery practice today. Dr. Kimberly A. Henry and her entire team look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.

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