Transaxillary Breast Augmentation is a state-of-the-art technique for placing breast implants that avoids any visible scar on the breast. The procedure involves a short incision in a natural crease in the armpit so there are no signs that surgery was performed. While Dr. Shuster is fluent in all of the methods for breast augmentation, his preferred approach is via the axillary (through the armpit) incision.
Breast augmentation with the transaxillary route starts with a short incision placed in a natural crease high in the armpit. Dr. Shuster limits the incision to only 1 to 2 inches in length. Through this incision, he creates a space under the pectoralis major muscle for the implant. Dr. Shuster then inserts sample implants called “sizers” to assure proper implant selection. Once the appropriate implant size is confirmed, the sample implants are removed and the permanent breast implants placed. The incision is closed with sutures that dissolve under the skin.
The result is beautiful and proportional breast augmentation with no obvious scar or signs that surgery was done. While fewer than 9% of plastic surgeons offer this approach to their patients, Dr. Shuster has over 15 years of experience with this method and believes it brings his patients the best breast augmentation results.
Because of Dr. Shuster’s expertise and experience with transaxillary breast augmentation, he not only sees patients from Fort Lauderdale and Miami, but also from throughout Florida and the US. Patients even come to him from other countries for this procedure.
Read what our patients are saying!
“After research and consultations with plastic surgeons, I am glad to have found Dr. Shuster. He is one of the few surgeons who are skilled enough to perfect breast augmentations without any scars on the breasts by using the Transaxillary method. The surgical incision was so nicely made that it looks just like my natural armpit. I now have naturally voluptuous SCARLESS breasts.”
Types of Implants used in Transaxillary Breast Augmentation
Dr. Shuster can insert either silicone or saline breast implants using the transaxillary method. Some believe that silicone gel implants cannot be inserted in this way, but it is a misconception. In fact, silicone implants via the transaxillary method is a specialty of Dr. Shuster’s.
A Few Facts About Transaxillary Breast Augmentation
- No scars on the breast
- Short and inconspicuous scar within the armpit crease
- The axillary incision is next to the side of the muscle, giving Dr. Shuster direct access to the implant location, without cutting through the muscle or breast itself
- Less likely to affect nipple sensation
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Transaxillary Breast Augmentation?
If you are interested in improving your breasts’ size, shape, symmetry, or projection, you may be the ideal candidate for transaxillary breast augmentation. Transaxillary incisions are made in the natural folds of the armpits. Women who prefer avoiding the risk of scarring on the breast mound are the best candidates for this technique.
Breast augmentation candidates should be in generally good health, prepared to take time off from work, and willing to follow the instructions provided by our office before and after surgery. These things can help to improve comfort and outcomes.
During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Shuster will listen to your desires and help you determine if transaxillary breast augmentation is the right fit for your needs.
Can Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Breast augmentation is often included in the mommy makeover procedure. It may also be included with a breast lift or as part of post-weight loss body contouring.
The best way to learn if a single procedure or a combination of procedures is better for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at our Hollywood, Florida office.
How Long Is the Recovery Period for Transaxillary Breast Augmentation?
It can take up to six weeks to recover from transaxillary breast augmentation. Most people return to work within five to seven days, but physically demanding tasks will need to be avoided for at least a month.
During your follow-up visits, we will help you determine when it is safe to resume more challenging activities.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Transaxillary breast augmentation typically takes two or more hours to complete. During the procedure, small incisions are made in your armpits, allowing Dr. Shuster immediate access to the implant location. This direct access can help shorten the time it takes to place implants, though several factors will influence how long your surgery takes.
Dr. Shuster is committed to patient education. During the planning phase of your transaxillary breast augmentation, he can give you a clearer idea of how long your particular procedure may take.
Is There Anything I Need to Do to Maintain My Results?
Closely following the pre and postoperative instructions provided by our office is the first step in achieving and maintaining optimal breast augmentation results. These steps will reduce post-surgical risks, including the development of thick scars, and can help to speed the recovery process.
After your initial healing period, maintaining a steady weight can help to ensure continuously pleasing breast augmentation results.
Breast implants are not designed to last forever. While some may, implant revision can become necessary as time passes. During your initial consultation, Dr. Shuster will discuss your breast augmentation options, including implant type, incision location, and placement, and how these things may impact long-term results.
MYTHS ABOUT TRANSAXILLARY BREAST AUGMENTATION
Transaxillary Breast Augmentation is more painful.
Not true. The transaxillary approach to breast augmentation is no more, or less, painful than any other methods. Discomfort from submuscular breast augmentation is a result of creating the space for the breast implant.
Transaxillary Breast Augmentation leaves the implants too far apart.
Not true. This procedure allows a plastic surgeon experienced with the technique to place the implants in the perfect position. Breast implants should be placed along the very inner aspect of the breasts. Breasts have a natural separation and a properly performed breast augmentation will take this into account. The distance between a woman’s breast should be a reflection of her anatomy and how widely, or closely, spaced her breasts were prior to surgery. When properly performed the transaxillary approach to breast augmentation is as good as any other method for achieving this goal.
The implants will sit too high.
This procedure allows breast implants to settle properly and does not commit them to being too high. The pictures in our breast augmentation gallery are of women with breast implants that have been placed through the armpit and show how well they can be positioned.
It is common for implants that are placed under the Pectoralis muscle, to temporarily appear high on the chest wall right after surgery. This is typical and expected. The implants fall into a more natural position over the course of several weeks. One breast implant may even settle faster than the other. The fact that it takes several weeks for the implants to settle is due to swelling and the tissue relaxing. It is not a result of where the incision is placed. In experienced hands, the transaxillary approach does not lead to implants riding too high.
Silicone Breast Implants cannot be placed through an axillary (arm pit) incision.
Not true. There has been a misconception that silicone gel implants could not be placed through an incision in the armpit. In fact, Dr. Shuster routinely places silicone gel breast implants through the axillary route.
This procedure leaves a noticeable scar.
Not true. One of the main advantages of the transaxillary approach to breast augmentation is that it leaves no visible scars on the breasts. The scar from a transaxillary breast augmentation is concealed within the armpit and is exceedingly inconspicuous. As with any scar it takes time to fade. The scar in the armpit is one of the least detectable of any plastic surgery procedure. The reason for this is that the incision can be as short as 1.5 inches in length. What is even more important is that the incision is placed right in one of the natural skin creases so when it heals it blends into the natural appearance of the armpit. All of the images to the right of the page show women who have had breast implants placed via the armpit and are typical of the results achieved.
Transaxillary Breast Augmentation is more complicated.
This is why a patient should consider a plastic surgeon experienced specifically in this approach. While many surgeons still place breast implants through incision under the breast or around the nipple, Dr. Shuster’s expertise is in avoiding scars in these locations and precisely placing the implants via the transaxillary route.
Schedule a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Consult in Hollywood, FL!
Give our office a call if you wish to learn more about the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation procedure, or if you wish to determine whether you are a candidate for surgery. Dial 954.961.5500 or fill out the appointment request form in our contact page. World renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Bernard A. Shuster serves Hollywood, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the surrounding areas of Florida.