Bellybutton Incision VS Armpit Incision For Scarless Breast Augmentation

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Belly–Button Incision VS Armpit Incision For Your Scarless Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation With Implants

When making the choice to undergo scarless breast augmentation surgery in New York or New Jersey, it is important to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the various options when it comes to the size, material, placement, and incision site for your procedure, in order to make a well-informed decision.

While there are pros and cons to each technique, both the inframammary and peri-areolar methods result in visible scarring on the breasts. In contrast, the trans-axillary and transumbilical (TUBA) methods are often referred to as “scarless” because they do not pose the risk of scarring on the breasts. To help you choose the best procedure for you, the differences between these two techniques are outlined below.

Transumbilical (TUBA)

The transumbilical (TUBA) method, frequently referred to as the belly-button approach, requires making a small incision in the navel through which both implants are inserted and brought up to the breasts. Due to the distance between the navel and the breasts, an endoscope is used to guide the surgeon as a path is created through the subcutaneous fat above the abdominal muscles and a pocket is made for the implants, which are inserted empty and filled with sterile saline solution once positioned.

Once the implants are filled, the incision is closed with a few sutures, which leave a very small scar. Although this is referred to as a “scarless” technique, the placement of the incision in or above the belly button means that a small, visible scar is possible. The TUBA method is considered to be a safe technique as it results in little damage to the breast tissue, minimal risk of the loss of sensation in the nipples, and does not impact a woman’s ability to breastfeed. However, one of the disadvantages of this procedure is that it is not possible to use cohesive silicone gel, which is often the more popular breast implant choice.

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Trans-Axillary

The trans-axillary method, also known as armpit breast augmentation, involves making a small incision in each armpit, through which the implant is inserted. Like the TUBA method, this is an endoscopic technique, as a specialized camera is used to create a tunnel and facilitate the placement of the implants.

While the trans-axillary method is commonly thought of as a “scarless” surgery, it is important to be aware that while there is no risk of scarring on the breasts, there will be a faint scar in the incision site. However, the placement of the incisions within the natural armpit creases means that they are virtually invisible. In addition, since the armpits typically heal very well, in many cases, the resulting scarring is eventually undetectable.

In addition to its lack of visible scarring, many women prefer this technique because any implant size or type can be used, meaning they are not limited to saline as they are with the TUBA technique. This is also an incredibly safe procedure which does not tend to hinder a patient’s ability to breastfeed in the future, cause damage to the breast tissue, or result in the loss of sensation in the nipples.

To learn more about each of the aforementioned techniques and to determine which one is best for you, please contact our clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gartner, a leading plastic surgeon in the New York/New Jersey area, specializing in breast augmentation surgery.

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