During the last decades, numerous surgical techniques have been described for breast augmentation. In addition to the very popular inframammary and the periareolar approaches, the transaxillary technique provides an elegant means of conducting a safe and accurate implant placement without producing visible scars on the breast mound. Due to a questionable lack of intraoperative visualisation with resultant higher complication rates,we conducted a retrospective analysis comparing the endoscopy-assisted transaxillary approach with the inframammary technique. A retrospective analysis was conducted comparing the endoscopy-assisted transaxillary approach with the more commonly chosen inframammary aditus. Patients undergoing breast augmentation from 1997 to 2005 were analysed retrospectively. The analysis was conducted in patients undergoing this procedure for aesthetic reasons only. Underlying breast pathology as well as previously performed breast surgery were among the exclusion criteria. The Client Satisfaction Questionnaire (CSQ-8) was applied for assessment of patient satisfaction. From 1997 to 2005, 96 patients underwent breast augmentation at our institution. Implant volumes ranged from 150 to 400 ml.62.5% preferred the transaxillary technique vs. 37.5% who chose the inframammary route. Complication rates were low in both patient subsets, the statistics revealing no differences. Assessment of patient satisfaction displayed high levels of satisfaction in both groups without any significant differences. The endoscopy-assisted transaxillary breast augmentation is a safe technique which generates high levels of patient satisfaction. Predictable results can be achieved by this approach which is preferred by the majority of patients when offered.
View details for DOI 10.1055/s-2006-924252
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