The transaxillary breast augmentation is a technique that places the breast implant through an incision under the arm, rather than under the breast. This approach makes the scarring practically invisible since it is hidden under the arm and away from the breast itself. The healing process is often quite successful and many patients report the scars have almost faded completely away within a year of the surgery.
One of the major reasons the transaxillary approach to breast augmentation hasn’t been more widely used by cosmetic surgeons is because of the silicone breast implant being a popular implant of choice. When saline implants were at the height of their popularity, so too were the transaxillary breast augmentations. This is because saline implants can be placed through a small incision and then filled after implantation; this allows for a smaller incision. Silicone implants are pre-filled, which requires a larger incision in order to place them correctly. However, thanks the development of a new tool for placing silicone implants called the Keller Funnel, the transaxillary breast augmentation is again possible using silicone implants.
The Keller Funnel is a device used to help channel the silicone implant through a smaller incision. These disposable cone shaped devices allow for larger implants to be placed by the use of the smaller incisions again. Now, with the use of the Keller Funnel, transaxillary breast augmentation can accommodate nearly any size implant that a patient desires.
The recovery process with the transaxillary breast augmentation is virtually the same as when the incisions are made under the nipple or breast. Just like any other breast augmentation technique, the bulk of the healing process should remain more focused on the body adjusting to the breast tissue and muscles changes, rather than worrying about visible scarring. With the use of the Keller Funnel, women have more choices in their breast augmentation procedure.
If scarring is one of your major concerns when it comes to your upcoming breast augmentation surgery, the transaxillary breast augmentation may be the choice for you. To find out more about breast implants as well as this breast augmentation technique and the others available, schedule your consultation with The Beauty of Knowledge Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery center today.