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Breast Implant Placement Affects Results

The placement of your breast implants strongly influences the final result achieved with breast augmentation. Breast implants can be placed above the chest muscle, below the chest muscle, or in a modified version of those positions. Placement has certain implications for the way the breasts will look as well as the length of your recovery period.

Although this page provides general information, each woman’s breasts differ slightly. The only way to find out how breast implant placement will affect the final outcome of your breast augmentation is to meet with our plastic surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group.

Breast Implant Placement Options

The three basic placement options for your breast augmentation are:

  • Under the muscle (submuscular)
  • Under the breast tissue (subglandular)
  • Partially below muscle, partially above muscle (dual plane)

A complete submuscular position places the implant completely beneath the pectoral muscles and beneath the fascia (connective tissue), connecting the pectoral muscles to the abdominal muscles. This placement can also be adapted so that only a portion of the implant is covered by the muscle.

Subglandular placement positions the breast implant beneath your breast tissue and above the pectoral muscles. A woman must have adequate breast tissue to achieve optimal results from this placement.

Outcomes of Breast Implant Placement

In addition to breast implant size, breast implant placement has a dramatic influence on results. Generally, subglandular placement leads to a more dramatic result because there is less implant coverage. Submuscular tends to have a more natural and subtle result because there is more coverage.

There are several factors that should be considered when choosing your breast implant placement, and our doctors and their cosmetic team will ensure you are informed of how placement will influence the final look of your breasts.

Placing the breast implants beneath the muscle may have the following influences on result:

  • Creates a more natural breast slope
  • Good option for women with thin breast tissue
  • Breast implant contours are not visible
  • Lower risk of capsular contracture
  • Longer recovery
  • May take implants slightly longer to settle
  • Must wait longer to exercise chest
  • Intensive, body-building chest exercises carry the possibility of displacing the implant

Placing the breast implants above the muscle may affect results in the following ways:

  • Higher, rounder breast appearance
  • Good option for women with more breast tissue
  • May be a better option for women with slightly saggy breasts
  • Shorter recovery
  • Breast implant contours may be more obvious

To find out how breast implant placement can achieve the cosmetic results you are seeking, please contact one of our experienced plastic surgeons today.

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