Me and my husband are arguing about haveing the transaxillary incision. I'd rather do the Periareolar one. Which is best?
Transaxillary vs. Periareolar Breast Augmentation
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My wife and I disagree on the incision!!??
you are not having the surgery. it is not on your body and you are crazy to do anything other than support her decision. if there is a sound medical reason to do one incision over the other then it is between your wife and her surgeon. so sit in the corner and nod.
Compromise - use the Inframammary Incision!
This is compromise at it's best: neither of you get your first choice, but your wife ends up with a great - arguably the greatest incision.
Most patients and plastic surgeons sophomorically focus on the location of the scar as the most important issue in deciding on the incision. In fact, the scar is the least important distinction between the incisions.
Why? Because any of three locations almost always gives a good scar. When it doesn't, it is usually related to patient biology, such that someone who gets a bad scar in one location would get it in another. If any incision always gave a perfect scar, we'd all use it. And if any always gave a bad scar, no one would use it.
The transaxillary incision fundamentally doesn't makes sense to me personally: it is the only incision that is visible when fully dressed; when a revision needs to be done, it almost invariably requires another incision; you can lose sensation in the armpit making shaving difficult; unless done endoscopically, it is less accurate and typically more painful and bruised than other approaches; if done endoscopically, it takes much longer in surgery.
The periareolar yields a scar that is visible when the breast is viewed head on; the size of the areola can limit the size of the implant; the size of the areola and the amount of breast tissue limits the visualization and thereby accuracy and bloodlessness of the pocket dissection; and most important of all, dragging an implant through the breast contaminates the implant with the bacteria in the breast, the very bacteria implicated in capsular contracture (hardening.) The best study of its kind shows a statistically significant higher rate of capsular contracture with the periareolar incision than the inframammary incision.
The inframammary incision is hidden in the crease under the breast; it has the least swelling of hte breast since the breast gland itself isn't cut; it is an incision that can be used for any type of revision necessary in the future; it allows for complete and total visualization of the surgery; it allows all implant types to be placed with a minimum of trauma. And once augmented, the scar is up and under the breast, right at the crease where the breast meets the chest wall, an area that frequently has a bra mark that is even more visible than the scar itself.
My suggestion: go inframammary. From your relationship's point of view neither of you lose the argument. And from a medical point of view your wife gets what is to me the most reasonable incision choice.
Web reference: http://www.drteitelbaum.com
Transaxillary vs periareolar vs crease breast augmentation incisions
The transaxillary incision is much less commonly used than it was several years ago. I have treated several patients from my area with misplaced implants through the armpit and even two whose doctors burned through the skin in the lower inner corner of the breast getting lost in where they were in the pocket dissection. Some revisions cannot be done through the armpit so another incision is needed. Finally, the numbness in the upper inner arm that can occur has made this less popular.
The areolar incision is nice but is sometimes limited in that some areolae are not big enough to place a desired silicone gel implant in through without damaging the integrity of the implant. A periareolar (around the entire areola) incision allows for larger implant insertion plus a modest breast lift.
Finally, the crease is a workhorse incision in this as any size implant can be inserted and all revisions can be done through the crease.
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsugery.com
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There are many great answers and I agree with most of them. Each plastic surgeon has their own philosophy. My best advice is to let your wife and her plastic surgeon decide. This is a big decision and she must consider not only the positives, but also the negatives.
The only advantage to the transaxillary incision is that you don't have a scar on the breast. There are, however, many negative to this approach: (1) a scar in the axilla can be seen when raising the arms, (2) if the scar becomes hypertrophic it may interfere with shaving, (3) the implants have a tendency to ride high because of the dissection during implant placement, (4) it is hard to place large silicone implants through this approach, (5) surgery time (and hence, your cost) tends to be longer, and (6) subsequent surgeries tend to require a second incision. In other words, when it's time to have her implants replaced, it is unlikely that your plastic surgeon with use this approach again - especially if she needs a breast lift or capsulectomy. The result is that now she will have two incisions.
The periareolar incision is a good approach, especially if she need a small lift at the same time. When it heals well it looks great. But there are a few things to consider. This approach puts the incision right on the breast. Therefore, if the incision doesn't heal well (scar hyperthrophy, widening, darkening) she will see this everytime she looks in the mirror. There is also an increased risk of infection. Nevertheless, if your wife has dark, moderately sized areolas, this could be a good approach.
Usually, I recommend the inframammary (under the breast) approach because it is quick, straightforward and the scar is well hidden when looking at the breast straight on. It is also easy to perform a revision through this approach. When I combine this approach with a dual plane breast augmentation (for ladies with some sagging after children) this gives a very nice predictable result.
Hope this helps
There is no reason to argue about the best incision...
Breast augmentation can be performed utilizing either the inframammary, periareolar or transaxillary approach with either silicone or saline implants. There are pros and cons to any of the incision choices depending on each patient's unique situations. It is best to visit a plastic surgeon who is comfortable with all three approaches to help guide you in your choices for a great breast augmentation result.
Choosing the "best" incision for your breast augmentation
Choosing the best incision for breast augmentation
There are basically four choices of incision for placing breast implants - Inframammary, per-areaolar, transaxillary and trans-umbilical. Choosing the incision for placement of the implants which is best in any given situation can be affected by many factors – these can be broken down into patient specific factors and surgeon specific factors.
Patient specific factors include ethnicity and tendency for poor scarring (some ethnic groups have a propensity for hypertophic or even keloid scarring), pre-existing anatomy (e.g. Is a given patient’s areolae large enough for placement of a pre-filled silicone implant?)
Surgeon specific factors tend to include the biases and experience of the surgeon, which should not be discounted or taken lightly.
My personal experience after over 3000 breast augmentation is that inframammary and peri-areolar incision give the most control over the breast implant pocket and that transaxillary and trans-umbilical incision have a higher revision rate.
Web reference: http://www.hankinsplasticsurgery.com
You are in a sticky place my friend...it is her body and she obviously has her reasons for wanting that incision--but I am sure that you have done a fair amount of research yourself. I would recommend meeting with your surgeon again and reviewing the pros and cons of each incision and also ask if your surgeon has a preference based on her anatomy. If you want to take it one step further, you may ask your surgeon if this patient was his spouse (this will only work if your surgeon is a male, by the way) where would he put the incisions.
Ultimately, it is up to her however, there are certainly benefits and risks to all surgery. Just make sure she's choosing the right incision for the right reasons. Good Luck.
Difficult time selecting breast implant augmentation surgery incisions
You should both meet with the plastic surgeon to understand the risks alternatives and benefits of each of the incisions and be aware that the surgeon is capable of performing any or all of these incisions.
Incision for breast augmentation
There are advantages and disadvantages to each of the incisions used for access for placement of breast implants. In my experience, the vast majority of patients who choose the axillary incision are left with virtually no scar at all once it is healed; in other words, it looks like the crease that is anatomically there under the arm- and no visible scar. In an experienced surgeons hands, this access incision should yield the same results as any other access incision.
Bottom line: when the arm is lifted, no scar is visible. The areola incision typically heals well too, to where it is difficult to tell there is a scar, since it is placed on the border between 2 different skin tones. This incision, however, has a slightly higher risk of loss of nipple sensation, which is not an acceptable risk to some women. The one factor to consider would be if future surgeries are necessary, the ramifications of the original incision. This should be discussed with the operating surgeon. But in the end, it is the choice of your wife, and her surgeon! Good luck!
Best incision for a breast augmentation
Ultimately, the choice of incision is up to your wife, with the guidance of her surgeon. Each patient's anatomy is different, and there is no perfect incision in each and every patient.
In terms of popularity, national surveys have shown that the under the breast incision is by far the most popular. It also allows access in the future for any possible implant change, or removal. The second most common (and it's a distant 2nd) is the peri-areolar incision. The trans-axillary (armpit) incision is the third most popular, and is not appropriate in some cases.
I perform all 3 incisions in my practice, but discuss the pluses and minuses with each patient, so that they can make an informed choice. FYI the belly button incision which some patients ask about is rarely performed, and has a high rate of implant malposition. It also can not be used with a silicone implant.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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