The Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision
By David Passaretti, MD on March 23, 2016
So many women lack the naturally large bust line that they desire. Others lose volume and shape following weight loss, nursing, or other life changes. No matter the reason, breast augmentation can enhance the bust line in order to give patients the larger, shapelier breasts that they desire. In addition, breast augmentation is one of the most customizable plastic surgery procedures, allowing patients to achieve post-surgical results that most closely meet their own unique needs and desires. One of the choices that patients are often most concerned about in regards to breast augmentation is which type of incision should be used for the procedure. Many worry about the scar that will be left behind after surgery. Patients who are looking for the most discreet option available may want to consider the transaxillary breast augmentation incision, offered at the Fairfield, CT practice of plastic surgeon David Passaretti.
What Is the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision?
The transaxillary breast augmentation incision is considered to be one of the most discreet breast augmentation techniques. This is because the transaxillary procedure does not require an incision directly on the breast. Instead, this technique uses a small incision that is placed in the patient’s armpit. After recovery, the remaining scar is very small, and is only visible when a patient has her arms raised in the air.
Just as with any breast augmentation procedure, the transaxillary technique is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Dr. Passaretti will make a small incision in the patient’s armpit and then use endoscopic tools (long, thin tools with a camera on the end) to create a pathway to the breast. The breast implant is then placed via this incision either above or below the patient’s chest muscles. Once the implant is in place, the incision will be closed and recovery will begin.
Benefits of the Transaxillary Incision
The overwhelming benefit of the transaxillary incision is its discreet location. The incision leaves the breasts completely free of any scars or marks of surgery. In fact, even when naked, the scar left by the transaxillary incision would be impossible to see unless the patient raises her arms.
Cons of the Transaxillary Incision
While the transaxillary breast augmentation incision may be a great option for patients who wish to avoid a scar on the breasts, there are some drawbacks to consider. This technique requires a great amount of skill and precision, so it is important to only consider this incision if the surgeon is skilled and experienced in this particular procedure. Finally, because this technique affects a greater amount of tissue, the recovery from this procedure is slightly longer than that of other breast augmentation techniques.
Schedule an Appointment
Breast augmentation increases breast size and improves the shape of the breasts in order to provide women with the shapely bust line they desire. If you’d like to learn more about this cosmetic procedure and the many ways in which it can be customized to meet your unique needs, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Passaretti at your earliest convenience.
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