I've had saline implants (not large but not sure of size cc's) now for 20 yrs, with no problems. They went through my armpits, so there are no vissible scars. I'm looking into removing them in the near future, and wonder what my options are, and what will need to be done. I've heard that even though they went through the armpits, they need to come out the front, and there will be scaring for sure. also, if I wanted a lift later on, would there be scaring twice?
Can Under Muscle Breast Implants be Removed Through the Armpit?
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Implant removal throught the same incision
Breast implants are removed through the same incision, there is no need for an additional one. Saline implants are very easily removed through the underarm approach, and your recovery should be gentle as well.
Best of luck,
No Need for extra incisions
Assuming the pocket is in the correct position and you are looking for a simple exchange of saline or silicone, the axillary incision can be used. We routinely remove and exchange silicone implants through the axillary incision. Best of Luck
Dr Del Vecchio
The implants can be removed through an arm pit incision; however, the capsule will be difficult to removed without a large incision and this will result in an unsightly scar. The best way, at this time, is an infra-mammary approach.
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Removing implants, armpit incision
Saline implants should be able to be removed through the armpit, but none of the capsule or scar tissue can likely be removed. If the implants were not too large or if you have gained weight in your breast, they may not look too deflated afterward.
Implant Removal Through the Armpit
If you are looking to just have the implants removed, they can certainly be removed through the original armpit incision. Typically, though, after having implants in for as long as you have, once they are removed your breasts may look deflated as well as a bit droopy. This is a combination of the implants thinning the tissues and natural aging. Any breast lift that you may need in the future will definitely need incisions on the breast.
Hope that helps and good luck!
Dr. Babak Dadvand
Most patients satisfied with transaxillary incision.
This procedure is associated with excellent clinical results and short recoveries.If you have saline implants and are considering implant removal, it’s important to discuss this option with your plastic surgeon.Your surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic findings and achieves your aesthetic goals.
Placement of breast implants
I place almost 99% of my implants through the infra-mammary incision with minimal scarring and great results. You may want to consider this option because it's your second surgery.
Removing implants through the axillary incision
Providing that you don't need a breast lift, or require any capsule work (capsulotomy, capsulectomy or capsule plication) , then yes, the implants can be removed through your axillary (armpit) incision.
Pretty much anything else, though, and you may need to consider an alternative approach.
All the best,
Implant removal via armpit
Placing implants through the axillary fold is a alot easier than removing them. Especially if there is a hard capsule. If you are looking for a lift, then you would need the surgery done on the breast.
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