Where will your breast implants be placed?

Posted on:  by Dr. Edward Eades in Breast Augmentation, Breast Implants

Getting a breast augmentation is a big decision. One question that’s often not asked is where the implants will be placed. It’s not a consideration for women because they might not know there are different placement options available. If they do know the different options, they might think they’re interchangeable. The truth is that choosing the proper implant placement important for getting the best results from the augmentation surgery.

Breast Implant Placement Options

There are two options for breast implant placement. One is putting the implant between the muscles and breast tissue. This is known as subglandular placement. The second implant placement option is putting the implant under the pectoral muscles. This is known as submuscular placement.

A well-trained doctor will be able to assess your body to figure out which placement is best for you. Some things they will consider include:

  • Your health
  • Your aesthetic goals
  • Whether your implants are silicone or saline
  • The size of your intended implants (How many cc’s they are)
  • Your body type and physical makeup

An individual-based approach will give each patient the best results for their breast augmentation surgery. That’s why a knowledgeable doctor will weigh the options and variables carefully beforehand.

Subglandular Placement

This placement option puts the implant under the glandular and breast tissue and above the chest muscles. One aspect of this placement technique that women may like is that it doesn’t prevent them from breastfeeding in the future if the choose to do so.

Advantages of subglandular implant placement include:

  • The implants move less during physical activity
  • This method leads to less discomfort after surgery
  • No potential for interference of the functioning of the chest muscles
  • The muscles don’t have to stretch to accomodate the implant

Disadvantages include:

  • May look less natural
  • Risk of capsular contracture is higher
  • Mammogram readings may be less reliable

Submuscular Placement

This option places the implant under the pectoral muscles. A pocket will be created behind the muscle to hold the implant. The size and placement of the pocket are integral to the end result, so doctors have to plan carefully.

Advantages of submuscular placement include:

  • Reduced capsular contracture
  • Mammograms are not affected
  • The implants look more natural

Disadvantages include:

  • More discomfort after surgery
  • Longer healing time
  • Muscle function may be effected

The Role Of The Chest Muscles And Breast Tissue

When a woman has extremely strong,large chest muscles, the doctor may choose to use a subglandular approach. When a woman does not have a sufficient amount of breast tissue to cover the implant well, she might be better suited for submuscular placement.

If you are considering breast implants, call Dr. Edward Eades and his staff to book a consultation.

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