Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision: Hidden Scar Options By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on January 20, 2016

A woman in a yellow bikini at the beachDr. Oren Z. Lerman is a leading cosmetic surgeon based in Manhattan. He routinely achieved excellent results that help patients look younger and feel more confident about their appearance.

Breast augmentation surgery remains one of the most popular procedures in the world, enhancing curves and contours, often in dramatic ways. There are many methods of performing a breast enlargement surgery, and we'd like to focus on the transaxillary technique right now.

What Is the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision?

The transaxillary breast augmentation incision is a method of placing breast implants. During a transaxillary breast augmentation procedure, a cosmetic surgeon places an incision in the patient's armpit. Through this armpit incision, a surgeon is able to introduce a breast implant into the breasts, helping enhance the overall size and shape of the bustline in the process.

Since the breast augmentation incision is concealed in the armpit, the transaxillary augmentation technique is considered a hidden-incision form of breast enlargement.

The Advantages of the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incisions

The primary advantages of the transaxillary breast augmentation incision method include the following:

  • Surgical Scar is Well-Hidden – Since the incision is made in the armpit, there is no post-surgical scarring on the breasts themselves. This means that patients have no restrictions when it comes to wearing various tops, bathing suits, and undergarments.

  • Surgery Yields Excellent Results – The transaxillary breast augmentation surgery yields excellent results for patients, giving them a fuller and improved bustlines with results that look rather natural.

The Disadvantages of the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incisions

The primary disadvantages of transaxillary breast augmentation surgery include the following:

  • Only Saline Breast Implants Can Be Used – Due to the location of the incision, only saline breast implants can be used with this incision method. Patients who would prefer to have silicone breast implants will have to rely on another incision method for their surgery.

  • Surgeons Do Not Have as Much Control Over Implant – In addition to limitations on the type of implant that can be used, cosmetic surgeons generally do not have as much control over the positioning and placement of a breast implant in this surgical method, which can potentially lead to complications depending on the needs of the patient.

Alternatives to the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision

There are three other kinds of breast augmentation methods commonly used. They are as follows:

  • Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Surgery – The transumbilical breast augmentation procedure involves an incision concealed in the belly button. Only saline breast implants can be used in this procedure.

  • Inframammary Breast Augmentation Surgery – The inframammary breast augmentation procedure involves an incision made along the crease at the underside of the breast. Both saline and silicone breast implants can be used to perform this kind of surgery.

  • Areolar Breast Augmentation Surgery – The areolar breast augmentation procedure involves an incision located around the areola. Both silicone and saline breast implants can be used.

The best breast enlargement option for you and your needs can be discussed during a consultation at the practice. We'll be sure to go over the advantages and disadvantages of all surgical options so you can make an informed and confident decision about your breast augmentation procedure.

Contact Dr. Oren Z. Lerman

For more information about breast augmentation options and which one might be the most ideal for you and your needs, be sure to contact our cosmetic and reconstructive surgery center today. Dr. Oren Z. Lerman and his entire team are here for you.

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Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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