The Pros and Cons of the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation By Kenneth Smart Jr. on January 29, 2016

Woman in a yellow bikini If you have decided to undergo breast augmentation, Dr. Smart will carefully plan your procedure. By customizing your surgery according your cosmetic goals and body type, he can ensure beautiful and realistic results. Your choice of implants is a major decision. Nevertheless, it is not the only choice you will have to make. You will also need to select the most appropriate surgical method. Dr. Smart can use several techniques to perform breast augmentation. A transaxillary breast augmentation incision is located in the armpit. Therefore, it will result in discreet scarring. However, the technique is not right for everyone. Dr. Smart will evaluate your candidacy. If it is not appropriate for you, he will recommend a different, though equally effective, method. To find out if the transaxillary breast augmentation incision is right for you, contact our Dallas, TX practice today.

What Is Transaxillary Breast Augmentation?

The transaxillary breast augmentation incision is located under your arm. In most cases, it will be about one-inch long. Through this opening, Dr. Smart can position your implant in the capsule of tissue that will hold it in place. Since he will not be operating directly on your breast, Dr. Smart may use an endoscope, or surgical camera, to obtain a more accurate view of your chest.

The remote incision can make breast augmentation more complex. For this reason, transaxillary breast augmentation requires a skilled surgeon. Fortunately, Dr. Smart has the necessary training and expertise. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has also undergone extra training to qualify as a reconstructive surgeon. In addition, he has completed a large number of transaxillary breast augmentation procedures to his patients’ complete satisfaction.

Benefits and Risks of Transaxillary Breast Augmentation

The main benefit of a transaxillary breast augmentation incision is that the resulting scar will be almost completely hidden. This method is also very flexible, allowing Dr. Smart to place the implant above or below the muscle, as desired. In addition, your doctor will not have to make any incisions in your breast muscles, and the implant will not have to pass through your milk ducts. Therefore, you may have a reduced risk for infection. Typically, the procedure will not interfere with your ability to breast feed.

Of course, there are pros and cons to every surgical option. The principle disadvantage of this method is that, if you require revision surgery, Dr. Smart will usually have to create a different incision. The new opening will be located around your areola or under your breast crease. In addition, transaxillary breast augmentation may carry a slightly higher risk for numbness in the treatment area.

Candidates for a Transaxillary Incision

You may be a candidate for transaxillary breast augmentation if you are considering a saline implant. On the other hand, Dr. Smart may not be able to place large silicone implants using this method. This is because silicone implants are prefilled and larger than saline implants. Before your procedure, you will have a complete consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Smart will evaluate your goals and body type. Then he can determine whether a transaxillary incision is right for you. If it is not appropriate, he will recommend periareolar or inframammary incisions instead.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Smart

To learn more about the transaxillary incision and to find out if this method is right for you, contact our office today.

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Dr. Ken Smart and his dedicated team want every patient who visits their office to look and feel their best. Dr. Smart is a renowned plastic surgeon who is affiliated with various trusted organizations, including the: 

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Texas Medical Association

To discuss your concerns with Dr. Smart and learn more about our personalized approach to care, request your cosmetic consultation online or call us at (972) 334-0400.

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"I opted for the breast augmentation with lift along with a tummy tuck and now I look better than I did in high school!" T.C.

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