Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery: Advantages and Disadvantages By on October 29, 2015

A woman in a pink bra raising her arm and exposing her armpitDr. Gregory T. Mesna is one of the leading plastic surgeons serving the Minneapolis area. He always strives to achieve his patients' goals through advanced surgical care and his vast experience in aesthetic enhancement. He routinely achieves excellent before and after results with breast augmentation surgery, enhancing curves and contours in a natural and alluring manner.

There are many ways that a breast augmentation surgery can be performed. Let's take a moment right now to consider one surgical option: the transaxillary breast augmentation technique.

About Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery

Transaxillary breast augmentation surgery is a form of breast augmentation that involves the placement of breast implants through an incision made in the armpit. A cosmetic surgeon can slowly maneuver and position the breast implant accordingly, allowing a patient to achieve a fuller and more appealing bustline as a result.

Since the incision is in the armpit rather than on the breast itself, this form of breast augmentation surgery is considered to have a hidden or concealed scar.

The Advantages of Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incisions

The primary advantage of transaxillary breast augmentation surgery is that there is no scarring on the breasts. The armpit incision is not visible to most people, meaning that patients will be able to wear any sorts of tops, bathing suits, or undergarments that they wish. Cosmetic surgeons routinely achieve great results thanks to this form of surgery.

The Disadvantages of Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incisions

While the incision is well-hidden during transaxillary breast augmentation, the procedure has its share of drawbacks.

For one, only saline breast implants can be used during this breast augmentation method. Patients who were hoping to have silicone breast implants placed will need to consider a different incision method instead.

In addition, cosmetic surgeons may have problems with positioning and placement of the breast implants due to the distance of the incision from the breast. This may make transaxillary breast augmentation a poor option for some patients.

A Word on Post-Surgical Scarring After Transaxillary Breast Augmentation

The scarring from transaxillary breast augmentation is concealed in the armpit quite well as we've noted. Your surgeon will make the incision as small as possible so that it heals well and is not unsightly while raising your arms. With time, the incision should continue to fade and be very difficult to notice.

Other Incision Options for Breast Augmentation Surgery

There are three other common incision methods that may be used for breast augmentation surgery:

  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Incision Surgery – This is another concealed incision option, with the incision hidden in the belly button. Only saline breast implants can be used for this type of surgery.

  • Areola Breast Augmentation Incision Surgery – This option for surgery involves an incision made around the edge of the areola. Saline and silicone breast implants can be used for this type of surgery.

  • Inframammary Breast Augmentation Incision Surgery - This option for surgery involves an incision made along the crease at the underside of the breast where the breast meets the chest. Saline and silicone breast implants can be used for this type of surgery.

The ideal surgical method for you and your needs can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and how it can help you look your absolute best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team at Mesna Plastic Surgery looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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