Breast Augmentation Using the Transaxillary Augmentation Incision Technique By Stuart Baker on November 13, 2015

A woman cupping her right breast after breast augmentation using the transaxillary incision techniqueAt The Center for Cosmetic Medicine™, Dr. Stuart Baker produces the finest possible results for his breast augmentation patients, case after case, through his mastery of the full range of implant placement techniques. Combined with his keen eye for aesthetics and his exceptional surgical skills, he is able to provide women with the beautiful, natural-looking results they desire time and time again.

Dr. Baker helps to ensure the satisfaction of his patients by giving them all of the information they need to make confident, educated decisions prior to undergoing breast augmentation. During their consultations, he advises them of their options, explaining in detail the advantages and disadvantages of each, and giving them open and honest recommendations as to which would be best suited to their particular cases. Breast augmentation allows patients considerable control over their results, as they can choose not only the size, shape, and texture of their implants, but even the location of the incision through which they are placed.

Implant placement using the transaxillary breast augmentation incision technique is particularly popular at Dr. Baker’s Champaign, IL plastic surgery practice. To find out whether this incision technique would be well suited to your breast augmentation procedure, we invite you to meet with Dr. Baker for a confidential, one-on-one consultation at his practice at your earliest convenience.

What is the transaxillary breast augmentation incision technique?

In basic terms, “transaxillary” means “underarm.” Using the transaxillary breast augmentation incision technique, the incision is placed in the armpit, where the resulting scar will be well concealed. In fact, it will be visible only when the patient lifts her arm while topless or wearing clothing without sleeves. Although some plastic surgeons find the transaxillary technique to be a challenge to perform, Dr. Baker’s experience and skill allow him to insert breast implants via the underarm with consistent success.

What are the benefits of this technique?

Aside from the avoidance of conspicuous post-surgical scarring, the transaxillary breast augmentation incision technique offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Quicker healing: The underarm skin generally heals more quickly than the chest skin.
  • Scar-free breasts: There will be no scarring on the breasts.
  • Fewer risks: The breast implants and the milk ducts will not come into contact with each other, lowering the risk of infection.
  • No harm to the muscle, potentially: If the implants are placed underneath the breast muscle, the muscle will not have to be cut.

What are the potential disadvantages of this technique?

There are very few potential disadvantages associated with the transaxillary breast augmentation technique. The few that exist include:

  • If revision surgery is necessary, it may require incisions in the breast.
  • Extremely large pre-filled silicone breast implants cannot be placed using the transaxillary incision technique.
  • Patients cannot wear deodorant for a few weeks after surgery.

Learn More about the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Incision Technique

To learn more about the transaxillary breast augmentation incision technique, or to find out whether you are a good candidate for breast augmentation using this technique, please contact The Center for Cosmetic Medicine™ today.

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Dr. Stuart Baker

The Center for Cosmetic Medicine

Dr. Stuart Baker is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. He has been recognized as a "master injector" by Allergan, the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® products, for excellent patient outcomes. In addition to being a skilled plastic surgeon, he is also an orthopedic hand surgery specialist. His prestigious affiliations include:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons — ASPS 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery — ASAPS 
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery — AACS 
  • American Medical Association — AMA 

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