Axillary Breast Correction

Breast tissue makes up the shape and size of your breasts. However, it can sometimes develop beyond the normal location of your breasts. It is particularly common in the area of your armpits also known as the axilla. The axillary breast is also known as supernumerary or accessory breast tissue, and is located in the area of the armpits. It can affect one or both sides. If you have axillary breast tissue, you probably dislike how it looks. You may also be able to feel the tissue, as it is thicker and more palpable. It may become particularly troubling before menstruating or with pregnancy, since the axillary breast can swell and feel more sensitive. Weight gain can make it look worse. Because axillary breast tissue is often hereditary, it rarely responds to healthy changes in diet or exercise.

Axillary breast removal surgery

Your axillary breast tissue can be safely removed with surgery. Axillary Breast Removal is an outpatient procedure. Depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed, it can be done under local or general anaesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours on average. This can be done with liposuction, if there is little correction required, or excision for extensive correction.

What will happen during your surgery?

Local anaesthesia is administered, liposuction is performed along with surgery involving excision if needed. An incision is made within the armpit fold. This incision may measure just millimetres if liposuction is used. It may be a little longer if excision is performed. Through this incision, excess tissue is removed with the preferred technique. The incision is then closed and dressing done. The incisions is always placed within the armpit fold. That means your scarring will be well hidden by the natural crease that already exists there. They won’t be obvious and you’ll be able to wear sleeveless shirts without worrying about any scars being visible.


You’ll feel some swelling, bruising and discomfort after your surgery. You can control discomfort with prescribed pain medication. Reduce swelling and bruising by resting and avoiding vigorous physical activities for at least a month. You’ll need to take about a week off from work for your initial recovery period. Swelling can make the area look larger than you’d like. As the swelling goes down, you’ll be able to see the results of your surgery. You may need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks as you heal. Please wear it as advised to help with your recovery and facilitate the retraction of your skin for enhanced results.

To reduce the appearance of your scars, make sure to follow the post-surgical care instructions. You can apply scar reduction creams or other topical treatments to help reduce their visibility. If you’ve been battling excess fat in your armpit area, the Axillary Breast Removal procedure can give you the smooth curves you’ve been looking for!


Axillary breast surgery is a safe plastic surgery procedure. However, to make an informed decision, you should be aware of the risks involved:

  • Infection
  • Wound separation
  • Hematoma and seroma
  • Undesirable results


The condition can be caused by genetics or weight gain. The axillary breast tissue is composed of glandular tissue. It is susceptible to the hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy and lactation as well as any other changes that can affect normal breast tissue. However, it may also be composed primarily of fatty tissue. Either way, it causes bulging at the armpits that may negatively affect the aesthetics of that area.

Axillary breast tissue is not considered to be a health issue and it is believed to exist in 2% to 6% of women.

No. In the vast majority of cases, this tissue is totally benign and non-cancerous. It is usually only an aesthetic concern.

An improvement may be immediately visible, however you should wait for the majority of swelling to subside. This is because swelling can make the area look larger than you’d like.

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