You’ve heard that there’s more than one way to take care of a cat. There is also more than one way to insert a breast implant. But by far the most common technique is called the inframammary incision. With this technique an incision is made at the base of the breast, under the inframammary fold, or the crease between the breast and the rib cage. The majority of breast augmentations done in the United States, whether done with saline or silicone breast implants, are done with this inframammary technique. As the implant settles and breast skin expands to accommodate the increased volume, the incision scar usually moves up the breast by an inch or two. Breast scars in general tend to heal and fade well. Most patients don’t find these scars too troublesome. But there is nothing secret about them.
What if there was a way to get fuller, augmented breasts with no telltale scars on the breast at all? That would be your secret scar breast augmentation. Patients have come to Dr. Petersen from all across the country because he is an expert in doing just that. It‘s called the tansaxillary approach to breast augmentation. Dr. Petersen makes an incision in the underarm, opens a tunnel down through the top of the breast to create a pocket, and inserts the implant into that pocket. The majority of these procedures are done with saline implants. The empty implant can be inserted in a small incision in the underarm and then filled once it is inside the breast pocket. However, a small range of silicone implants can also be placed this way using a larger incision.
Dr. Petersen places the breast implant under the chest muscle, minimizing the risk of capsular contracture as compared to an above the muscle placement. Best of all is that, with the transaxillary approach, the scar from your breast augmentation surgery fades into the natural creases of your underarm. Dr. Petersen is careful to mark out an incision site that hides in the folds of your underarm skin movement. For most women, by one year post surgery these scars appear to be a natural part of the underarm anatomy. Even if the scar were to be noticed, no one will connect it to a breast augmentation procedure. That’s what makes this the secret scar.
The transaxillary approach is nothing new. In fact, it is a technique that has been around for a very long time. But other surgical approaches to breast augmentation became more popular with surgeons to increase speed and maximize surgeon convenience. As a result, many surgeons are not trained or practiced in the technique, making Dr. Petersen’s practice a unique one. The majority of his patients want the secret scar approach to breast augmentation. Even if you are thrilled with your surgery and want to shout from the rooftops that you have had a breast augmentation, you don’t necessarily want to sport the battle scars. Whether or not you decide to keep your surgery a secret, keep the scars a secret and keep them guessing.