Can breast implants be removed through the armpit?

I want to have my breast redone, they were put in via the areola, I don't want any additional scarring in such an obvious place, so can they be removed through the armpit and then replaced through the armpit?

Doctor Answers 2

Implant removal and replacement

If you have saline implants, they can be removed and replaced via an incision under the arm.  If they are silicone they cannot.  I would mention to the surgeons you speak with the manner in which you want the implants removed/replaced as not all surgeons follow this technique.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Transaxillary Implant Exchange

Removing breast implants and replacing them through the armpit can be done.   Surgeons with experience with the endoscopic approach do this on a regular basis.  I recommend finding a surgeon who is experienced with this technique. 

William R. Burden, MD, FACS
Pensacola Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 112 reviews

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.