What is the recovery time post breast augmentation if I was to have sub muscular implants inserted through the underarms area?

Hello there. What is the recovery time post breast augmentation if I was to have sub muscular silicon implants inserted through the underarms area. I am aware insertion through the underarm area results in longer down time, but how long? Also does going for sub muscular position/ through the armpits pose any more risks compared to sub glandular / under the breasts as insertion site?

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Recovery Time through armpit incision

I do not think you will have a significantly longer recovery by choosing the armpit incision.   You are definitely safer over the longterm under your muscle, but if you want less risk from the incision standpoint, I would recommend the in the crease incision for you.   All the best.


Houston Plastic Surgeon
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What is the recovery time post breast augmentation if I was to have sub muscular implants inserted through the underarms area?

I do not believe there is a difference in recovery time with incision placements. Typically transax implants sit higher initially compared to the other placements - so this could mean more invasive massaging for patients. 

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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About the same

I use all three incisions to place an implant - inframammary fold, around the nipple and through the armpit. I don't think any recovery is longer than the others if the dissection is done properly and carefully with an endoscope. I always use an endoscope with my armpit incision so that I can see every muscle fiber being divided versus some who perform the whole surgery bluntly. In those cases, I would imagine the recovery taking longer because of the blunt trauma.  

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