August 29, 2011


What is transaxillary incision?

There are many factors to take into consideration when a candidate is searching for information relating to breast augmentation.  One of the most essential is the finalizing the decision on the entry point of the breast implants.   Three standards of incisions are most preferred by the cosmetic surgeons.  These are the transaxillary, inframammary and the periareolar.     Every incision has the disadvantages and advantages.  During the initial consultation, the patient and the surgeon will discuss which incision is best for her.

An axillary incision is a method by which the surgeon will perform an incision in each armpit and through the use of endoscope; it will allow him to see inside the body using a monitor just like a television.

The use of the transaxillary

incision is those for women who do not want scars on their breasts.    One of the disadvantages of the transaxillary incision is the visibility of the scar in the armpit area.    Most of the women who undergone this type of incision say that the scar will eventually healed and will fade.      Other cosmetic surgeons believe that by using this incision, they have enough control over the positioning of the breast implant.

The axillary or the underarm area incision is used primarily for under the muscle implant placement, especially in the candidate with small areaolae (where the periareolar incision is not advisable) and with small breast (where the inframammary crease is not concealed).    Saline and silicone implants can be inserted using this incision.

The transaxillary incision is away from the surgical area, it is vital to look for the surgeon who is experienced and well-trained in this kind of procedure.    When there will be complication, the patient will be needing a revision surgery and most likely from the different entry point.  This transaxillary incision may not be suitable for certain kind of revision surgery or corrective procedure.   Let us cite, if the patient is suffering from bottoming out, where the implant has dropped in the breast pocket under the nipple (it will make the nipple in high position), an incision on or below the breast will be more applicable.

Transaxillary incision is an incision made in the armpit

which the surgeon could placed the breast implant through.  This is primarily used for the saline breast implants and can be done either openly or by the use of endoscope.

The benefits of this procedure are:  1) there will be no scarring on the breast, 2) It is suitable for both sub glandular and sub muscular implant placements.

The major advantage with the transaxillary incision is the scar is not obvious on the boobs.  This type of method can be perform to position the implant in any of the types of incisions, the subglandular, the  partial submuscular and the complete submuscular.

Each individual´s situation is different and unique, and this type of incision may or may not be the best one for the patient.  It is important to discuss during the initial consultation with the surgeon about the location of the incision, type of incision, shape and size of the breast implants, the recovery time, the preparation before and after the surgery, the cost of the procedure and the common complications after having transaxillary incision.