Many patients choose the armpit incision for their breast implant surgery. Transaxillary breast augmentation avoids scars on the breast and avoids cutting through the breast tissue when placing the breast implants underneath the muscle. The armpit scar normally heals well and is barely visible! Women sometimes wonder if this type of surgery is more difficult, or painful, and the answer is no to both. The surgery is actually easier! Dr. Adrian Lo uses the endoscope and the implants are placed precisely in the proper position to give you the perkiness and cleavage that you desire! The care of the armpit incision is very simple. The armpit should be washed once a day and antibiotic ointment applied. The stitches dissolve on their own. Deodorant can be used in 5 days and shaving can also be resumed in 5 days. Dr. Lo has refined this technique for both Saline and Gummy Bear/Silicone implants and has performed hundreds of scarless breast implant surgeries over the last 22 years, right here in the Philadelphia area.
What is the recovery after transaxillary breast implant surgery? After the surgery, you go home the same day. You can expect to have some pain for 1-3 days and the intensity varies from patient to patient but is well controlled with pain relief medications and valium as a muscle relaxant. You can drive in 5-7 days if you feel up to it. No heavy lifting over 10 lbs for 2 weeks and no repetitive chest or arm movements.
When can I exercise after breast implant surgery? Generally, you may begin light exercise 2-3 weeks after the surgery. This would be walking and treadmill. Lower body exercises may be started at any time you feel comfortable. Upper body exercises are started at 3-4 weeks but no chest exercises for 6 weeks.
Is the armpit cut safe? Yes, it is extremely safe. The cut in the armpit is very superficial and does not interfere with any blood vessels, nerves or lymphatics. It is less invasive than the nipple or crease incision and does not cut through your breast tissue. Dr. Adrian Lo has performed hundreds of transaxillary breast augmentations over the last 23 years with no major or even minor complications. (Dr. Lo cautions that you may read about complications of this surgery that are performed by less experienced surgeons) (Click here to learn more about The Axillary Incision Or Armpit Cut)