Breast Augmentation Birmingham

Before Dr. Core's endoscopic breast augmentation
After Dr. Core's endoscopic breast augmentation

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There are a number of factors that you should consider when choosing your doctor for breast augmentation. Unfortunately most people only consider the price, and while this is an important issue, choosing a “Bargain Basement” enhancement doctor will many times result in a “Bargain Basement” enhancement result. Why then should you consider Grady Core of Birmingham, AL, for your breast augmentation mammoplasty?

First of all, Dr. Core is the only surgeon in the state of Alabama who performs the breast augmentation with a true minimally invasive technique. This leaves no scars at all on the breast and less than a 1″ scar under the arm which fades quickly. In addition Dr. Core’s TEAM technique (Transaxillary Endoscopic Augmentation Mammoplasty) provides total muscular coverage over the implant for a much more natural appearance after the breast implants settle.

Endoscopic breast augmentation scars have begun to fade after only 2 months
2 Months Post Operative
After a year, Endoscopic breast augmentation scars are completely healed and almost completely gone
1 Year Post Operative

Transaxillary endoscopic augmentation mammoplasty allows the surgeon full, complete vision of the operative site which is actually better than it would be through an open technique and allows a much more precise surgical procedure and more precise placement of the implant. Dr. Core is the best in the industry since he has practiced this technique since 1992 when it was first invented. He was one of the originators of the technique as well as other endoscopic procedures in plastic surgery. Therefore, when it comes to experience, there is no plastic surgeon anywhere who has more experience with this breast augmentation technique than Dr. Core. As we all know, experience counts when it comes to obtaining a the best cosmetic enlargement result.

The charge for the breast augmentation procedure includes the physician fee, operating room fee, anesthesia fee, garment, implants, and overnight stay in a full service hospital facility. Anesthesia for the procedures is administered by a physician and full time nursing staff is available to care for you after surgery to the following morning. Dr. Core will see you at your bedside the following morning and review all home care instructions prior to discharge. A 3-4 day recovery is all that is required in most patients and as opposed to most other techniques. A full range of activity is encouraged immediately after endoscopic breast augmentation.

“Why would anyone want to have a scar anywhere on the breast when it’s absolutely unnecessary”

The endoscopic breast augmentation technique has now been modified to include the ability to place silicone gel implants. A small T or Z-shaped incision within the hair bearing portion of the armpit is utilized to place an implant up to approximately 325 CCs. Please see our section about the pros and cons of silicone vs. saline implants.

What is the Difference between Endoscopic Breast Augmentation, TUBA, and Transaxillary?

Endoscopic breast augmentation is a minimally invasive method of placing an implant in the breast through a very tiny incision located either under the arm or in the belly button. Potential patients should be aware of the difference between TUBA (Transumbilical Breast Augmentation) and Transaxillary breast augmentation, as these two methods are quite different, and only the transaxillary method is fully “endoscopic”.

First of all, the TUBA method is quite limited. Only a saline implant, not gel, can be placed through a long subcutaneous tunnel extending from the belly button to the breasts, and many patients are not good candidates for saline. If you do not have much breast tissue to camouflage the implant, you will be at higher risk for rippling and implant visibility. In addition, saline implants are firmer than silicone and, thus, if there is little tissue over them, then they will feel very resistant to compression. It is not possible to pass a silicone implant using TUBA.

The transaxillary endoscopic technique has several advantages. First of all, both saline and silicone gel implants can be placed. Most importantly, the portion of the muscle that needs to be divided is approached from above (from the armpit looking down toward the muscle origin) so once the scope is under the muscle, the origin of the muscle is fully visualized and, in fact, the field of view is even better than with the open method; therefore, precision is enhanced.

In short, the TUBA technique is a blunt and blind method of placing only saline implants. Dr. Core looked closely at TUBA over 10 years ago and felt that the transaxillary method offered patients much more flexibility, a more precise result, and still with no scar on the breast. That’s why Dr. Core has been using it now for over 20 years and has the longest experience with it in the world among active surgeons.

Read more about the differences here.

Read Our Frequently Asked Breast Augmentation Questions

We have included several representative examples of breast implant surgery by Dr. Core. If after reading this information you feel that you would like to choose Dr. Core as your surgeon, please contact our Birmingham, AL, staff for an appointment.

Contact Core Plastic Surgery

If you live in the Birmingham, Alabama area, and are looking for more information on breast augmentation or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Grady Core of Core Plastic Surgery today.