There are many ways that a plastic surgeon can perform breast augmentation surgery. Each surgeon chooses to use the method that he or she is most comfortable with. Your surgeon will also take into account which method will likely produce the best results for the particular patient. Many women considering breast augmentation are concerned about scarring and therefore, look for a method that leaves no scar. The truth is that there is no real method of breast augmentation that does not leave a scar, there are options for less noticeable scars. Transaxillary breast augmentation is one of them. In addition, your doctor can recommend top tips for reducing scar visibility. Read on to learn more about no scar breast augmentation!
What is a no scar breast augmentation?
No scar breast augmentation refers to a specific method that a surgeon can use to perform the procedure. It is also referred to as transaxillary breast augmentation. As mentioned, there are many ways to approach breast augmentation, including transaxillary, periareolar, inframammary, and transumbilical. However, a “no scar” procedure takes a very specific, modern approach.
During a transaxillary procedure, the surgeon makes a cut in the armpit of the patient and uses an endoscopic surgical camera to perform the surgery. The inserts that the patient chooses are inserted through the armpit and properly placed. This technique continues to evolve in the medical field due to patient demand. There are many benefits from choosing this method of placement over some of the more standard procedures.
Pros and cons of transaxillary breast augmentation
Patients who undergo transaxillary breast augmentation see several benefits and very few risks associated with the procedure.
The pros of no scar breast augmentation include the following.
- No scarring near breasts (hidden in the armpit)
- Less invasive than other procedures
- No bleeding from procedure
- No bruising from procedure
- Best option for women who still want to breastfeed
The cons of no scar breast augmentation are minimal. It is important to note that this type of procedure is more technologically and medically advanced. As a result, not every plastic surgeon performs this type of breast augmentation and not every facility will have access to the required equipment. If you are interested in a transaxillary breast augmentation, you should specifically seek a plastic surgeon who is certified and has performed the procedure many times in the past.
Other types of breast augmentation
Other approaches to breast augmentation include the following.
Periareolar incisions are made at the outer edge of the areola. The incision follows the curve that separates the darker skin of the nipple from the rest of the breast. The surgeon makes the incision on the lower semi-circle of the areola and creates a pocket either inside the breast or underneath the muscle. Then, the implant is slid in through the incision, moved into the pocket, and centered.
Inframammary incisions are made in the fold where the lower part of the breast meets the chest wall. After the incision is made, the surgeon then places a saline or silicone implant below or above the muscle. If scarring is a concern, patients prefer this type of incision because the scar is easily hidden by a bra, bikini or the breast itself.
A transumbilical incision, also known as TUBA, is the least common of all the approaches. The surgeon makes the incision in the rim of the bellybutton. Using an endoscope, the doctor cuts a tunnel all the way to behind the breast. He or she then cut a pocket for the implant. Your surgeon will push the implant through the tunnel and put it in place.
How can I minimize scarring from breast augmentation?
To minimize scarring, try a few of the following quick tips.
- Avoid smoking, recreational drug use, and alcohol for a few weeks before and after your procedure.
- Stay out of the sun when possible and use SPF 30+ sunscreen when outdoors.
- Eat a well-balanced diet including nutritious foods to help your body heal.
- Drink the recommended 64 oz. of water per day to stay hydrated during recovery.
- Follow your plastic surgeon’s physical activity guidelines during recovery.
Breast augmentation with a top NJ plastic surgeon
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Anthony Berlet serves patients in the northern New Jersey and New York City areas, helping them achieve their body goals and raise their self-esteem. Along with his team of caring, experienced medical professionals, the practice ensures the best outcomes for patients, using state-of-the-art technology and prioritizing patient safety. If you are interested in breast augmentation, reach out to us today to learn more!