Breast tissue gives your breasts their shape and size, but there are instances where breast tissue develops outside of the normal breast area. This additional tissue is called axillary breast tissue, and it usually develops in the underarm area. Medical studies show that between two to six percent of women are affected by this extra tissue growth.
This type of tissue is dense and thicker than surrounding tissue, which can make it appear lumpy. Since it is made up of the same tissue as the breasts, it can react to hormonal changes that accompany menstruation and pregnancy, leading to swelling and sensitivity. Axillary breast tissue can also affect how undergarments fit and can become chafed from the friction caused by clothing. It is most noticeable when your arms are hanging by your sides, leading you to avoid sleeveless tops and dresses in an attempt to cover this tissue.
If axillary breast tissue is affecting your self-confidence, Dr. Ali Charafeddine and the team at Eden Plastic Surgery Institute offer treatments aimed at removing this tissue and giving you a more desired shape.
Options to Remove Axillary Breast Tissue
There are two treatment options available to remove axillary breast tissue; liposuction and surgical excision. Depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed, one of these options will be recommended.
- Liposuction is used if a small amount of tissue needs to be removed. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and the small incision is placed in an area that can be hidden, such as a natural crease in the skin. A cannula will be inserted into the incision, and the tissue will be removed through a tube.
- Excision is used if more tissue needs to be removed. As with liposuction, the incision will be made in an inconspicuous area and will be kept as small as possible to lessen the chances of scarring. Once the tissue is removed, the incision will be closed using small stitches.
Both of these procedures can be performed in about an hour, and you will be able to recuperate at home.
Axillary Breast Tissue Removal Recovery
You should expect swelling to recede in around two weeks. Please avoid strenuous activity during this time to allow your body to heal fully. Exercise should be avoided for three to four weeks, but you will be able to return to work within a week of the procedure.
You will notice the benefits of this procedure almost immediately. After axillary breast tissue removal, patients report a more attractive shape and breast contour; they experience less chafing from clothing and have more confidence when wearing sleeveless tops. Some patients report greater arm mobility and are pleased with the overall improvement in their shape.
Axillary Breast Tissue Removal at Eden Plastic Surgery Institute
Eden Plastic Surgery Institute is here for you if you are unhappy with excess breast tissue and are ready to change your breast shape. Dr. Ali Charafeddine is a board-certified plastic surgeon who takes the care and satisfaction of his patients seriously. Dr. Charafeddine and the team at Eden Plastic Surgery use cutting-edge procedures to give you the results you want while ensuring you receive the best care before, during and after the procedure. Our goal is to listen to your concerns, offer the best treatment option for you, and be there for you each step of the way.
Trust Eden Plastic Surgery Institute to remove your axillary breast tissue and help you feel comfortable in your skin. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.