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The Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision: The Pros and Cons

By Constance M. Barone, M.D. on October 29, 2015

A woman in a yellow bikiniDr. Constance Barone is one of the leading plastic surgeons serving the San Antonio area. Thanks to her years of experience and ample knowledge in surgical techniques, she has helped countless patients look their best and feel great about their appearance.

Breast augmentation surgery remains one of the most popular surgeries at the practice. There are many ways that it can be performed. Let's take a moment to consider one potential surgical method that can benefit you: the transaxillary breast augmentation method.

About Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery

Transaxillary breast augmentation surgery is a breast augmentation method that involves the placement of breast implants through an incision concealed in the armpit. The procedure allows plastic surgeons to place and position saline breast implants without having to make any kinds of incisions on the breast themselves, which is ideal for many patients who want to enhance the size and contour of their bustline.

The Advantages of Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery

The primary advantage of the transaxillary breast augmentation technique is that it conceals the incision in the armpit. That means the scarring is very difficult to detect and patients can wear any sorts of tops, bathing suits, and undergarments they wish without revealing a scar. The results of transaxillary breast augmentation are quite good, helping patients look their absolute best.

The Disadvantages of Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery

The primary disadvantage of transaxillary breast augmentation surgery is that only saline breast implants can be used during the procedure. If a patient would like to get silicone breast implants instead, another incision method (on the breast itself) will be required. Cosmetic surgeons also have more difficulty positioning the breast implants using the transaxillary breast augmentation method, which means it's not ideal for all patients.

Alternatives to Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Surgery

There are three other common means of performing breast augmentation surgery.

  • The Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Surgery Technique – Also known as TUBA, this surgical method involves the breast implants inserted through an incision made in the belly button. Only saline breast implants can be used with this surgical technique.
  • The Areola Breast Augmentation Surgery Technique – This surgical method involves an incision made around the edge of the areola. Both saline and silicone breast implants can be used with this surgical technique.
  • The Inframammary Breast Augmentation Technique - This surgical method involves an incision made along the crease under the breast where the breast meets the chest. Both saline and silicone breast implants can be used with this surgical technique.

Which Breast Augmentation Surgery Technique Is Right for Me?

Each patient has different needs, and since there are many ways of performing the surgery, there are numerous ways that these needs can be met. During a consultation at our practice, we can discuss these various surgical options and your aesthetic goals, and which way of performing the surgery would be best for you and your needs.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Surgery

If you would like 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. Dr. Constance Barone and her team will work with you to ensure you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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9502 Huebner Rd
Bldg 2, Ste 202
San Antonio, TX 78240

Open Today 9:00am - 4:30pm

All Hours Directions (210) 614-0400