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Transaxillary Breast Augmentation New York City


Introduction to Transaxillary Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentations are a personal decision, and are sought out for many reasons. Some are cosmetic, while others may be for health reasons. Regardless of your choice, wanting to alter the shape and volume of your breasts doesn’t have to leave behind a scar that is obvious or unsightly. When you come to Dr. William Lao for breast augmentation in New York City, talk to him about Transaxillary Breast Augmentation, which can give you the volume and shape you desire, without the unsightly scars.

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What is a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation?

Transaxillary breast augmentation, also known as scarless breast augmentation, is performed in an endoscopic manner in which there is no incision (thus no scar) over any region of the breast tissue. The technique is performed through a small incision in each underarm, leaving only a small scar that is hard to detect. With other types of breast enhancement or augmentation procedures, women are left with a scar around the nipple or in the breast fold. The difference between a transaxillary underarm breast augmentation vs a traditional breast augmentation is in the location of the incision and the route in which the implants are inserted.

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What are the benefits of a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation?

Transaxillary Breast Augmentation in New York City improves the breast shape by increasing breast volume with implants. This procedure works to enhance a woman’s figure. In addition, the implants work to improve the breast appearance after pregnancy and weight loss. These are some of the advantages of transaxillary breast augmentation:

  • No scarring on the breast tissue

  • Well-hidden scars

  • Natural results. The surgeon can place the implant behind the chest muscle for a full and soft result.

  • Optimal healing at the incision site. The incisions in the underarms are not under any unnecessary stress or tension, so can heal more rapidly. Rates of infection are lowest at this incision site.

  • Easier recovery. With the endoscopic technique, there is minimal blood loss and superb accuracy in dissection which lead to quicker recovery and minimal discomfort postoperatively.

Who are the best candidates for the Transaxillary Breast Augmentation procedure?

Young patients who are naturally born with small breasts or extremely flat chests. When they are flat chested, there is not an apparent inferior breast fold, which does not hide the traditional IMF (inframammary fold) incision scar well, endoscopic transaxillary (underarm) approach alternatively hides the scar extremely well in natural armpit creases leaving no visible scar on the breast mount.

The other population is ladies looking for a more natural breast augmentation after having children who suffered from upper pole deflation. If you have experienced changes in your breast shape due to breastfeeding and pregnancy, you might be a great candidate for a New York City Transaxillary Breast Augmentation.

This is a personal procedure and must be chosen for the right reasons. If you are generally healthy, have realistic goals, and have a positive outlook for your surgery results, you might also be a great candidate. It is important to note that for women requiring a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation, the transaxillary approach might need to combine with other incisions to accomplish the goal.

To determine if a transaxillary breast augmentation is right for you, call Dr. Lao for a consultation today.

What’s the First Step?

The first step on the road to a transaxillary breast augmentation in New York is to call our clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao. During your session, you will discuss your goals, and mindset behind your choice for surgery, use our 3D simulation software to help select the best implant size, and talk about any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Lao will assess the shape of your breasts and may map out the kind of incisions he will make, and determine the overall result. He will share all the information you need regarding potential risks, the recovery process, and what to expect once you have healed from your surgery.

We advise patients to arrange for transportation to and from their transaxillary breast augmention in New York City, to allow for a restful journey home after their surgery.

What to expect on the day of Transaxillary Breast Augmentation surgery

Before you arrive at our clinic, Dr. Lao may give you pre-operative instructions to prepare you for surgery. On the day of your appointment, you will fill out paperwork at our clinic before being taken into the surgical room. From there, Dr. Lao will walk you through the procedure step by step, so you understand the process.

The first step will be to administer a type of anesthesia, to numb the area and minimize any chance of feeling pain or discomfort. Dr. Lao will allow time for the anesthesia to set in. The second step in the procedure will be Dr. Lao making the incision along the armpit, along the area of a natural skin fold. This way, the scar can be well hidden after healing. Dr. Lao inserts an endoscope, which is a narrow fiber-optic camera through the incision site. This endoscope allows for viewing of the internal anatomical structures and guides Dr. Lao during the surgical procedure. The endoscope allows for viewing and monitoring while minimizing bleeding and scarring. The third step is where Dr. Lao will create an implant pocket, typically behind the muscle of the chest wall. The implant pocket is the space in which the implant is positioned. The breast tissue and skin are stretched to create this pocket and accommodate the implant.

Next, the implant is inserted through the underarm incision and into the created implant pocket. Dr. Lao will evaluate the size, symmetry, and shape of the breasts and ensure that the implant is positioned properly.

Finally, once he is satisfied with the breast implant location and breast appearance according to the plans you discussed in your consultation, the incisions are closed with sutures, taking great care to create sutures that result in minimal scarring.

Breast augmentation surgery takes approximately one to two hours to complete. Once the surgical procedure is completed the incisions are closed with sutures and the breasts are wrapped in a gauze or dressing to protect the healing tissues. Many women are also dressed with a surgical bra for support.

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Transaxillary Breast Augmentation recovery

After your surgery is complete, you will have time to recover from the anesthesia, where Dr. Lao and his team will give you information about the post-surgery and recovery process. Most women can expect to return home after several hours in recovery. Patients are educated in proper care of the breasts and follow-up instructions. Patients must rest for a few days to allow for full and proper healing of the tissues involved.

Exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks, but patients may return to work and household tasks after one week. You will need to avoid shaving your armpits while you are in the initial healing period.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

When you come to visit Dr. William Lao at his clinic in New York City, you will benefit from his unique experience as someone who has a comprehensive understanding of the aesthetic ideals of both East and West and over a decade of extensive education and training in the field of plastic surgery. A renowned double-board-certified plastic surgeon in both the USA and Taiwan, Dr. William Lao has dedicated himself to providing patients with personalized care and results that look stunningly natural. Throughout his education and professional career, Dr. Lao has honed his surgical precision, technical skills, and eye for aesthetics. Dr. Lao is the recipient of numerous honors and awards that highlight his skills and research. He has published numerous articles in renowned medical journals on topics including aesthetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and oral cancer.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lao has earned memberships in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a founding member of the Asian Society for Breast Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. When it comes to the results he provides, Dr. Lao believes that a natural look is best. Precision and artistry come together to create dramatic aesthetic enhancement while retaining a completely natural and untouched look.

How much does a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation cost in New York City?

The cost of a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation in New York City can vary in cost, based on the following factors:

  • Complexity of surgery

  • Time needed to complete the procedure

When you discuss your surgery with Dr. Lao during your consultation, he will assess your case in thorough detail, map out a plan for you, and give you a price based on your package. We offer financing to all of our patients, to ensure the procedure is affordable and accessible.


Is a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation painful?

When you come to see Dr. Lao for a transaxillary breast augmentation in New York City, he will administer anesthesia before your surgery so that you don’t feel any pain. During your recovery period, it is common to experience swelling, soreness, and pain on the surgical site as you heal, which can take up to 2 months to complete. Before you leave the clinic, Dr. Lao will advise you on the best course of treatment for pain, including prescription medication and over-the-counter medication.

How many appointments will I need?

The transaxillary breast augmentation is completed in one surgical appointment. Dr. Lao will schedule a follow-up appointment within a few weeks of your surgery, to ensure your healing and progress are on track. If Dr. Lao determines that you need additional adjustments to your augmentation, he may request you schedule another surgical appointment.

How long until I see results?

Your results will depend on your healing process. Some patients can expect to see results as soon as 4 weeks after surgery. It is important to follow all the recovery directives to ensure a smooth process. Each body heals differently, and when you talk through your surgery with Dr. Lao in your consultation, he will be able to give you a more precise time frame based on your plan. You can rest assured that Dr. Lao is extremely skilled at his craft and has extensive experience delivering the best results for his satisfied patients.

Can I combine a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation with other procedures?

Yes, you can combine a transaxillary breast augmentation with another procedure. When you consult with Dr. Lao, talk about what you would like to combine, and he will give you detailed information on what is possible. Some of his patients have combined a transaxillary breast augmentation with a Nose job or a Facelift, for example. Be advised that when you choose to combine surgical procedures, this will adjust your final price and the time needed for surgery.

What are the risks associated with a Transaxillary Breast Augmentation?

With any surgical procedure, there are associated risks to be aware of and consider before making your choice. Dr. Lao will give you all the information you need so that you can make an informed decision. Some of the potential risks include:

  • Dissatisfaction with the final breast shape
  • Bleeding
  • Headaches
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Nerve damage

For concerns about the risks associated with transaxillary breast augmentation, talk to Dr. Lao during your consultation. It is important to disclose medical history information as well as any medications you are currently taking. Dr. Lao will never perform or recommend surgery on a patient who is not the right candidate.

Schedule Your Consultation

Our team will take care of your scheduling needs and put you in touch with our providers for a consultation that can feel life-changing. We offer in-person and virtual appointments to better accommodate your needs. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao, call us at 929-505-2060 and our patient coordinator will take care of you. You can also get in touch with us via the Contact portal on our website, where our patient coordinator will help you schedule your consultation online. Our staff will then contact you for the consultation fee once your appointment time is confirmed.

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