Breast Implant Placement
Another decision to be made before moving forward with surgery is breast implant placement. The breast implant can be placed above or below the pectoral muscles of the chest.
The placement option chosen will depend on various criteria such as, the amount of breast tissue you have, the type of implant you choose, and whether you may need a breast lift. Every placement option will center the implant behind the nipple to provide a symmetrical result.
Below are descriptions of the 3 placement options available today:
Subglandular breast implant placement
Placing the breast implant above the pectoralis muscle is known as subglandular placement.
Advantages of subglandular placement include the following:
Disadvantages of subglandular placement include the following:
- Reduced post-op discomfort
- Quicker recovery
- Implant unaffected by movement of pectoral muscle
- Increased risk of capsular contracture and mammography interference
- For women with thin skin, implants may be felt in the breast
Submuscular breast implant placement
Placement of the breast implant beneath the pectoralis muscle is known as submuscular placement.
Advantages of submuscular augmentation include the following:
Disadvantages of submuscular placement include the following:
- Increased cushion between the implant and skin
- Reduced chance of capsular contracture
- Excellent cosmetic results
- Better views in mammography
- Swelling of pectoralis muscle may cause discomfort
- Recovery period may be longer
- Movement of prominent pectoralis muscle may affect implant