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Transaxillary Augmentation

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Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular procedures in the United States today.  According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 316,000 women in the United States underwent the procedure in 2011 alone.  The procedure has minimal downtime, immediate results, and profoundly positive effects in properly selected patients.


Yet many women seeking breast augmentation hesitate because they don’t want scars on their natural breasts.  Dr. Jason Mussman ( brings a technique to Northern Michigan called Transaxillary Breast Augmentation.  Transaxillary Breast Augmentation allows Dr. Mussman to insert a silicone or saline implant into the breast pocket through a small incision in a wrinkle in the armpit.  The technique is proven to be as safe and effective as traditional breast augmentation and most patients recover in 2-3 days. 


“Transaxillary breast augmentation allows me to keep the surgical scar completely off the aesthetic unit of the breast” says Dr. Jason Mussman.  “The axilla (armpit) hides the mature scar so well that it is often invisible to even me!”


Transaxillary breast augmentation is a surgical procedure usually performed under general anesthesia.  Dr. Mussman takes care to mark the incision so that it is completely hidden when the arm is relaxed.  During the procedure, the arm is extended and the axilla sterilized.  Dr. Mussman makes a small incision through the axilla, which allows him to dissect the implant pocket.  The breast implants are then inserted into the pockets and checked for symmetry.  Fine adjustments are made to the pocket if necessary.  The incisions are then closed and recovery is usually 2-3 days before normal daily activities can be resumed.  Dr. Mussman does not recommend vigorous exercise for one month after breast augmentation. 

Dr. Mussman is the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Alpena Regional Medical Center.  To schedule a consultation for Transaxillary Breast Augmentation, call (989) 356-5230 for an appointment with Dr. Mussman or visit him at

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