Endoscopic Transaxillary Breast Augmentation: Your Questions Answered
If you’re considering a breast augmentation, the endoscopic transaxillary method is a popular, safe, and discrete option. This technique offers a number of benefits over traditional alternatives and enhances the size of the breasts in the most efficient way possible. In this post, we provide answers to the seven most common questions patients ask.
How long does Endoscopic Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Take?
The time taken to complete endoscopic axillary breast augmentation surgery varies from one patient to another. However, most procedures tend to last between one and two hours.
Dr. Adam will be able to give you an accurate estimation during your consultation.
What Technique is Used?
During endoscopic axillary breast augmentation, a small incision is made (usually around one inch) along natural skin lines in the armpit.
Once the incision has been made, a channel from the armpit to the breast is formed. Pockets are created behind each of the breasts, ready for the implants to be inserted; the exact placements will vary depending on your body and goals. They can be slotted under or over the pectoralis muscle.
The endoscope (a camera attached to a narrow tube) is inserted to help ensure optimal accuracy when forming the pockets and placing the implants.
Why Choose Endoscopic Transaxillary Breast Augmentation over a Traditional Method?
The use of an endoscope allows surgeons to see inside the body, watching their movements on a monitor to minimize the risk of errors or misplacements. The endoscope is fitted with a miniature light, illuminating the surrounding area for better visibility. This is vital to make separating muscle fibres and inserting the breast implants simpler and safer.
Placing the incision along the armpits’ natural creases helps to avoid scarring around the breasts, and keeps scars in a discrete place. Many patients want to keep their surgery private, and this is an ideal way to do so. The armpits’ skin typically heals well, and if anyone does notice the scar, they are unlikely to associate it with a breast augmentation.
Am I a good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Endoscopic transaxillary is an effective option for women looking for the most natural results, without visible scarring on or around the breasts.
Good candidates are in good overall physical health, and have realistic expectations for the results. Your breasts should be fully developed (i.e. you must be of adult age), and you may feel they have lost their shape through ageing, pregnancy, or losing weight.
Dr. Adam Najem will discuss your breast augmentation in depth during your consultation, and assess your suitability for the procedure.
How Long will my Implants Last?
Breast implants typically last between 10 and 20 years, but may need to be changed before then.
How Should I Prepare for Surgery?
There are several steps to take to prepare for your breast augmentation:
- If you’re a smoker, quit as soon as possible (this can affect your body’s ability to heal properly)
- You may need to stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin, both of which can increase blood loss
- Provide Dr. Adam with your complete medical background
You may be given further advice and guidelines ahead of your surgery. It’s essential to follow them carefully for the best, safest results.
When can I Resume my Normal Activities?
The recovery period following endoscopic transaxillary breast augmentation tends to be shorter than with more traditional methods. You will need to wear a compression garment consistently for two weeks, and then less frequently for two more weeks.
During this time, you should be resting. Light exercise may be resumed after the first two weeks, but anything more strenuous must be avoided for the first four weeks. The endoscopic transaxillary technique has revolutionised breast augmentation, providing women with more natural results and less visible scarring. Want to know if this treatment is right for you? Book your consultation today!