Transaxillary subpectoral augmentation mammaplasty: long-term follow-up and refinements

J B Tebbetts
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1984, 74 (5): 636-49
Transaxillary subpectoral augmentation locates the scar in a less visible position in multiple body positions than approaches that locate scars on the aesthetic unit of the breast. In 90 patients, 63 with 2 to 5 years of follow-up, using the surgical technique described, the Baker III/IV capsular contracture rate was 5.6 percent. There was no occurrence of hematoma, periprosthetic space infection, permanent loss of nipple sensation, or significant axillary wound morbidity. Scar results suggest that the axilla is an anatomically favorable location for both high-quality final appearance and minimal visibility. The transaxillary subpectoral approach is an excellent alternative to inframammary and periareolar approaches in all types of breasts requiring augmentation except the ptotic breast or breasts requiring extremely large prostheses.

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