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 an 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 thousands of scarless breast implant surgeries over the last 25 years, right here in the Philadelphia area.
Dr. Lo has performed thousands of breast implant surgeries, and most women are good candidates for the armpit technique called scarless breast implant surgery. Placing the incision in the armpit is an excellent option for those concerned about visible scarring, as hardly anyone looks in the armpit.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for scarless breast implant surgery. If your breasts are very droopy or saggy, you may not be a good candidate for Dr. Lo’s scarless breast implant technique.
During your consultation, Dr. Lo will discuss with you all the breast implant surgery options that are best suited for you.
In the scarless breast implant technique, the breast implants are placed through a small cut (incision) in each armpit. The incision is usually about 1 to 1.5 inches long and is hidden deep in the armpit.
The incision normally heals well, is barely noticeable, and looks like an armpit crease. Because this technique does not leave any scars on the breasts, Dr. Lo and his patients refer to the technique as the “scarless breast” implant technique. In addition, the armpit scar is almost “invisible,” which is why many women refer to it as the “scarless” technique.
Because the incision heals so well and is hidden, women continue to wear all styles of clothing, including sleeveless dresses and tank tops.
“Scarless” breast surgery is a 45-minute surgery, and you will go home the same day after the surgery. You can expect to have some pain for one to three days, and the intensity varies from patient to patient but is well-controlled with pain relief medications and a muscle relaxant. You may be pleasantly surprised that you have very little pain after the surgery, as Dr. Lo uses a special protocol to minimize your pain.
You can drive in five to seven days if you feel up to it. It is recommended to avoid heavy lifting of anything over 10 pounds for two weeks. It is important to avoid repetitive chest or arm movements such as vacuuming.
Generally, you may begin light exercise two to three weeks after the surgery, such as brisk walking outside or on the treadmill. Lower body exercises may be started at any time you feel comfortable. Upper body exercises may be started at three to four weeks, but no chest exercises should be done for six weeks.
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 because the technique does not cut through your breast tissue. Dr. Adrian Lo has developed a specialized technique and has performed thousands of breast augmentations through the armpit cut over the last 25 years with no major complications.
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