30 Mar 3 Reasons To Ask Your Surgeon About Transaxially Breast Augmentation Incision
A New Path To Breast Augmentation
Having a breast augmentation done involves more than just increasing the breast size. First, the patient must decide on the type of implant and the desired profile. Other considerations include where the implant will be placed. Recently, patients have been able to decide where the incision will be made to insert the implants. Most surgeons used the crease under the breast or made a periareolar incision. Now, there is another effective option known as the transaxillary breast augmentation incision. This new path may have some added benefits for patients getting implants.
Making a transaxillary incision
With a transaxillary breast augmentation, the incision is made underneath the armpit. The surgeon makes a channel through the incision to the breast tissue. The implant is then passed through the channel and placed on the chest wall. Surgeons can use both saline and silicone implants, but more prefer saline with this approach since the implant can be filled after installation. The procedure sounds complicated. However, there are 3 reasons why more women choose a transaxillary approach.
1. No visible incision on the breast
Scarring is a big concern for most women who choose to have an augmentation. There is often a visible scar under the breast crease or near the nipple, depending on the type of incision made. With a transaxillary incision, there is no visible scar on the breast, as the incision is made at the armpit. The surgeon hides the incision within the small fold of the armpit, and the scar fades over time.
2. Reduced chance of complications
With any surgical procedure, there is a chance of complications arising. With conventional incisions, a common concern is infections. Transaxillary incisions boast fewer complications, as the incision is smaller and less visible. In addition, the discreet incisions are easy to manage and protected by the arm. The procedure also has a faster healing time, less pain, and a smoother recovery.
3. Breastfeed with comfort
Some women still want to have children and breastfeed after an augmentation. Sometimes, a periareolar incision can damage the woman’s mammary glands, limiting or complicating future attempts at breastfeeding. However, since the transaxillary procedure avoids the nipple and areola entirely, the function of the breast remains, and breastfeeding is usually possible.
Women need to make multiple decisions when undergoing breast augmentation. The incision location is an important choice as a transaxillary approach can hide any scarring and make recovery easier. All surgical procedures come with possible risks. However, this option is an excellent choice overall to regain self-confidence while minimizing scarring.