Breast Augmentation – Transaxilary Incision

Transaxillary Incision (also known as Armpit or Axillary Incision)

The transaxillary incision involves an incision in each armpit and the use of a special instrument called an endoscope. The endoscope allows your plastic surgeon to see inside your body using a monitor similar to a television.

Your plastic surgeon will use the transaxillary incision primarily for those of you who do not want scars on your breasts. However, one of the disadvantages to transaxillary incision is that there may be a noticeable scar in the armpit area. Many women say you cannot see it once it has healed. Another disadvantage is that the incision is further away from where the doctor is working during surgery, as with the TUBA method. Some plastic surgeons believe that by working further from the implant site, it is harder to accurately place the implant. Other plastic surgeons believe they have more than enough control over breast implant placement with this incision.

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