Many women unaware of scarless breast implants

At some point in their lives, many women are unhappy with the size and appearance of their breasts.

In fact, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery in the United States—nearly 290,000 procedures were performed in 2009 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Even though it’s a common procedure, it’s important for women to research the available surgical options and interview plastic surgeons to achieve the results they desire, said Thomas Bartell, MD, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing in Madison. Dr. Bartell specializes in below-the-neck cosmetic body surgery.

“Unfortunately, many women don’t know about the option of scarless breast augmentation,” Dr. Bartell said. “Surgically, it’s no more complicated than other procedures and the recovery period is the same. But the difference in how women feel about the results of their surgery can be significant.”

Dr. Bartell performs scarless breast implants or also known as, breast augmentations, through a tiny incision in the armpit.

The technique is called a transaxillary incision. Most area surgeons perform augmentations through incisions under the breast, nipple or in the naval area, which leave scarring on the chest wall.

“I’m the only surgeon in the area who performs a breast augmentation without leaving any scars on the breasts themselves,” he said. “I do the procedure through a small incision in the armpits and the scar literally vanishes within six months. I’ve been doing this procedure for nearly 20 years now and my patients are thrilled with the results.”

In addition, Dr. Bartell uses saline implants, which require a smaller incision than silicone implants while achieving the same effect. Typically, the surgery enlarges the breast by one or more cup sizes while preserving a very natural look.

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and how to find a qualified surgeon, visit the ASPS web site at

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