Facts vs. Myths for Transaxillary or Armpit Incision Breast Implant Surgery

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90% of Dr. Adrian Lo's Patients Choose Transaxillary (armpit incision) Breast Implant Surgery

With summer around the corner, breast implant surgery or breast augmentation surgery is a popular procedure for many women to get ready for bikini season. Did you know that there were 290,467 breast augmentation procedures performed in 2016, which is an increase of 4% from 2015? (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) Did you know that there are different incisions for breast augmentation or breast implant surgery?

A very popular incision in our practice is the transaxillary or armpit incision. Over 90% of our breast implant patients choose to have the this incision and are happy they did as they have NO SCAR on their breast!

“Many women come into our office confused about their choices. Often, they express concerns after meeting with other surgeons who do not perform the armpit cut for breast implant surgery. I find that after spending time with women and discussing their options, most women choose the armpit cut as they realize that they is a safe way to have breast augmentation without leaving a scar on their breast”

Dr. Lo is able to offer all available incisions or cuts for breast implant patients and he is able to expertly perform ALL approaches whether it be the transaxillary/armpit, crease, or periareolar/nipple incision. Dr. Lo will spend the time to educate the patient about the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, and let the patient decide based on the patient’s individual situation and wishes.

MYTH: The armpit approach has more complications than other incisions.

FACT: When done properly by a trained breast augmentation surgeon, the transaxillary (armpit) incision does not have more complications than other incisions. Dr. Lo has been performing the procedure for over 20 years. The transaxillary incision is very superficial. Dr. Lo does not disturb any nerves, blood vessels or lymph nodes. Your nipple sensation should be preserved and you should not lose feeling.

FACT: There are no scars on the breast area with the transaxillary incision. Traditional cuts such as the crease(underneath the breast) and periareolar(around the nipple) can leave bad visible scars on the breast which is often upsetting to the woman having a cosmetic procedure.

FACT: The armpit scar heals beautifully and you can wear any clothes you desire, such as
bikinis, tank tops, and sleeveless dresses! Often times, the scars are barely visible or look like an armpit crease. As Dr Lo says "keep them guessing" as without scars on your breasts, it is often difficult to tell if you have breast implants.

FACT: It doesn't matter which incision you choose, Dr. Lo has to make the same precise pocket for the implant for placement resulting in a natural cleavage. Dr. Lo uses endoscopy with a video camera system to ensure proper creation of the pocket for the breast implants.

FACT: The transaxillary incision is not more painful than other incisions. There is less cutting of breast tissue. Pain would be similar to other incisions and is variable based upon patient tolerance.. Recovery is the same or quicker.

FACT: Implant exchanges and minor revisions can be done through the armpit.

FACT: Both saline or silicone implants can be placed through the transaxillary armpit incision.

FACT: Dr. Lo will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each incision with the patient, and based on the patient’s examination and wishes, he will decide whether the armpit approach is recommended. In his practice, 90% of patients choose the armpit cut, 10% the crease or periareolar/nipple cut. Dr. Lo will work with the patient to decide which approach is best for their dreams and desired outcome.
For further information about transaxillary or armpit breast implant surgery, please contact Dr. Adrian Lo at 215 829 6900 or visit his website at http://www.scarlessbreastimplants.com.

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