Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 503–512

Subfascial Transaxillary Breast Augmentation Without Endoscopic Assistance: Technical Aspects and Outcome

  • Alexandre M. Munhoz
  • Klaus Fells
  • Eduardo Arruda
  • Eduardo Montag
  • Alberto Okada
  • Claudia Aldrighi
  • José M. Aldrighi
  • Rolf Gemperli
  • Marcus C. Ferreira
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/s00266-006-0017-8

Cite this article as:
Munhoz, A.M., Fells, K., Arruda, E. et al. Aesth Plast Surg (2006) 30: 503. doi:10.1007/s00266-006-0017-8

Abstract

Background

Although transaxillary breast augmentation (TBA) is a well-studied procedure, few previous reports exist concerning the subfascial technique, especially without endoscopic assistance. This study aimed to analyze the feasibility of the technique after breast augmentation in terms of its indication, surgical technique, limitations, and clinical outcome.

Methods

For this study, 42 patients underwent TBA without endoscopic assistance. The technique was indicated for patients with breasts of small or moderate volume without ptosis, patients who wanted no breast scars, and patients who had a poorly defined inframammary fold. The mean follow-up period was 16 months. Implant and incision approach complications were evaluated. Information on patient satisfaction was collected.

Results

A total of 14 complications occurred in 42 patients, all of them minor. Axillary incision–related complications occurred in 26% of the patients, as represented by a late axillary subcutaneous band (119%), sensory loss in the inner aspect of the arm (71%), and a hypertrophic scar and small wound dehiscence (71%). No patient presented with capsular contracture, visible rippling, or infection. Most of the patients (93%) were either very satisfied or satisfied with their result, and none regretted the surgery.

Conclusion

The TBA procedure without endoscopic assistance is a simple and reliable technique for breast augmentation. Most of the complications in this study were minor and predictable. They did not interfere with the aesthetic outcome nor the normal postoperative recovery. With TBA, success depends on patient selection as well as careful intra- and postoperative management.

Keywords

Breast augmentation Subfascial technique TBA Transaxillary breast augmentation Augmentation mammaplasty Breast implant Silicone Axillary technique Axillary approach Endoscopic surgery Endoscopic breast augmentation Complications 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre M. Munhoz
    • 1
  • Klaus Fells
    • 1
  • Eduardo Arruda
    • 1
  • Eduardo Montag
    • 1
  • Alberto Okada
    • 1
  • Claudia Aldrighi
    • 1
  • José M. Aldrighi
    • 1
  • Rolf Gemperli
    • 1
  • Marcus C. Ferreira
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Plastic SurgeryUniversity of São Paulo School of MedicineSão PauloBrazil

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