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What Is the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision Technique?

Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Close-up of a woman’s breasts in a bra after breast augmentation using the transaxillary incision techniqueAt South Texas Plastic Surgery, P.A., Dr. Brian F. Burns and his team take a personalized approach to every procedure they perform, taking into account each patient’s unique needs and goals to produce natural-looking results perfectly tailored to the individual. While Dr. Burns keeps this philosophy at the forefront of all the work that he does, there is no procedure that allows for more customization and personalization than breast augmentation. Breast augmentation allows for the patient to have input into not only the size and shape of her breast implants, but also the texture, filling material, and even the type of incision through which they are placed.

For a patient to have this degree of influence over her surgery, the plastic surgeon must have mastery over multiple types of breast augmentation incisions. Dr. Burns is precisely such a surgeon, having performed hundreds of successful breast augmentation surgeries using incision techniques of all types. One of the most popular types of modern techniques is the transaxillary breast augmentation incision. At his Victoria, TX plastic surgery practice, Dr. Burns explains the benefits and risks of the transaxillary incision technique, along with other breast augmentation incision techniques, during confidential, one-on-one consultations with patients.

If you are interested in undergoing breast augmentation and you would like to learn more about your surgical options, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Burns at South Texas Plastic Surgery today.

What Is the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision Technique?

“Transaxillary” is the clinical term for armpit or underarm. Therefore, the transaxillary breast augmentation incision technique entails making and placing breast implants through incisions in the natural folds of the armpits.

It may at first seem surprising to discover that breast implants can be placed via incisions made in the armpits. However, the armpits are extremely close to the breasts and represent an excellent route to the breast tissue. Both saline and silicone breast implants can be inserted through transaxillary incisions, whether the patient wishes to have them placed in front of or behind the pectoralis muscle. The transaxillary technique is especially useful in placing empty saline implants behind the pectoralis muscle. Once in place, these empty implant shells can be easily filled.

What Are the Benefits and Risks of the Transaxillary Incision Technique?

Dr. Burns uses an endoscope to perform breast augmentation using the transaxillary incision technique. An endoscope is a tiny camera that is inserted through the armpit incision to project real-time images of the work being done onto a screen, giving Dr. Burns complete control over the procedure without having to perform “open” surgery.

Other benefits of the transaxillary incision technique include no visible scarring in the breast region; instead, scars are restricted to the underarm region, and even then, they will be well-hidden in the natural folds of the underarm. There is also very little risk of damage to the mammary glands.

There are, as with all surgeries, risks associated with breast augmentation performed using the transaxillary incision technique, including slight risks of infection at the incision site and nerve damage, the latter of which could result in numbness in the arms or hands. However, these risks are particularly rare when the procedure is performed using endoscopic methods.

Learn More about Breast Augmentation Using the Transaxillary Incision

To learn more about breast augmentation using the transaxillary incision technique, please South Texas Plastic Surgery, P.A. today.


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