Axillary Breast Tissue Removal
Breast tissue gives your breasts their shape and size, but sometimes tissue develops beyond the normal breast area. Axillary breast tissue forms around the armpit area and occurs in around 2% to 6% of women. This tissue can affect your overall silhouette and appear bumpy when your arms are at your sides. This can cause some women to dislike the look of their breast area, leading them to avoid wearing clothing that draws attention to it.
This excess breast tissue is thicker and can be more noticeable due to its texture. During pregnancy or menstruation, breast tissue can enlarge and become more sensitive, including the axillary breast tissue. This can cause clothing to chafe the skin and lead to further sensitivity. Since this tissue is breast tissue, breast cancer can occur in this area, as well. Dr. John Anastasatos at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery offers two treatment solutions for axillary breast tissue removal that can restore your shape and your confidence.
Options to Remove Axillary Breast Tissue
There are two treatment options available to remove axillary breast tissue: liposuction and excision. The procedure recommended to you will be based on the amount of tissue that will need to be removed to produce the desired effect.
- Liposuction – Liposuction is recommended if a small amount of tissue needs to be removed. The liposuction incision is located in an inconspicuous place, such as a crease in the skin. The length of the incision will be as small as possible to further reduce scarring. A cannula is inserted into the incision, and the excess fat is removed using suction. This procedure is commonly performed under local anesthesia.
- Excision – If more tissue needs removed, excision will be recommended. In this procedure, small incisions will be placed in inconspicuous areas to decrease scarring. Once the excess tissue is removed, the incisions will be closed. This procedure will be performed under general anesthesia.
Both procedures can be performed in around an hour.
Axillary Breast Tissue Removal Recovery
The recovery time is consistent with both procedures, and swelling should recede within two weeks. It is advised that patients avoid strenuous activity or exercise for three to four weeks post-procedure, but you will be able to resume work or school activities within a week.
The Benefits of Axillary Breast Tissue Removal
This short procedure offers many benefits, including:
- A more attractive shape to the breast area and overall contour of the body
- Less chafing from clothing
- Improved arm mobility
- More confidence in sleeveless tops
- Better fitting undergarments
- Natural appearance
Get Your Desired Shape with Los Angeles Plastic Surgery
John Anastasatos, MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is recognized as an expert in the field. Dr. Anastasatos takes seriously the responsibility to provide the care and support that his patients deserve and delivers the finest plastic surgery procedures possible. The Los Angeles Plastic Surgery staff models Dr. Anastasatos’ vision and works diligently to provide the best patient care from the front office to the procedure room.
Your comfort is our driving force, and Dr. Anastasatos and his team will take the time to discuss with you your concerns and desired outcomes. If you are unhappy with the look of your axillary breast tissue and are considering removal, Dr. Anastasatos will complete a thorough examination and suggest the correct procedure for you. Los Angeles Plastic Surgery will be there for you every step of the way, from consultation to recovery and beyond. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.