Your breast augmentation will be performed using one of several different incision techniques. Your options will include the inframammary incision (in the crease under the breasts), the periareolar incision (around the border of the areolas), or the transaxillary incision (in the armpits). While surgical scars will appear where the incisions are placed, you can ensure that there will be no scars on your breasts at all by selecting the transaxillary incision.
Transaxillary Incision Technique
The transaxillary incision is made in the natural crease of the underarm. Your surgeon will make an incision in the armpit and create a channel through which the implant is guided toward the breast area and then situated in the breast pocket. Your surgeon will then do the same for the opposite breast to create a beautiful breast enhancement with balanced symmetry.
How the Transaxillary Incision Will Affect Your Experience
Choosing the transaxillary incision technique will affect your entire breast augmentation experience. The most important benefit is that you will have no scarring on or under your breasts. Your breasts will look fuller and rounder with no breast scars showing evidence of implants. Scars are still likely to form at the incision site in your underarms, but the breasts themselves will look untouched.
Choosing the transaxillary incision will change your choice of implants. Most surgeons will only perform this procedure using saline implants since they can be filled after they have been guided through to the breast pockets. Being able to fill saline implants after insertion also means that the incisions can be smaller, which will further reduce scarring. This incision type may also require you to choose more modestly sized implants. Finally, the implants will likely need to be placed in a submuscular position instead of a subglandular position. An advantage of this combination is that placing saline implants in a submuscular location can help them look more natural and reduces the risk of implant rippling (which is more common with the subglandular placement of saline implants).
The transaxillary incision is a technique that can minimize scarring and produce aesthetically pleasing results for your breast augmentation. This technique can enhance your breasts and avoid breast augmentation scars at the same time. If you would like to learn more, schedule your personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John L. Roussalis. To book your appointment, call 307-234-4585 or contact us online today.