Breast Implant Placement Options
Although there are many decisions that you must make when considering breast augmentation in Little Rock, the placement of your implants is one of the most important choices.
Dr. Branman’s goal is to improve your breast shape, size, and appearance. Because no two patients are the same, he offers multiple options for the implant placement including submuscular, sub glandular, and partial submuscular. Which of these placement options you end up going with depends on a number of factors, including your desired look, the amount of existing breast tissue you have now, and your preferences for recovery.
All of the breast implant placement options have their own advantages and disadvantages that must be appropriately weighed when deciding where your breast implant will be placed.
Over the Muscle vs. Under the Muscle
The method of inserting and positioning your breast implant will depend on your anatomy. Dr. Branman will be sure to explain his recommendations at your pre-surgical appointment.
Subglandular Placement (Over the Muscle)
In this method, breast implants are placed under the breast tissue, just above the pectoralis muscle. By placing the breast implant above the muscle, a larger implant can be used because there is no muscle tissue limiting the size of the breast implant pocket. Also, the recovery time is typically shorter, with less post-operative soreness, because the surgery does not alter the muscle.
However, when breast implants are placed in the subglandular position, the breasts may appear less natural because the transition from the chest to the breast is not as smooth. Also, the appearance of rippling and folding is more visible because less tissue covers the breast implant.
Submuscular Placement (Under the Muscle)
In recent years, submuscular placement of implants has become the preferred choice among many surgeons and patients because of the natural-looking results that can be achieved with this method. This involves placing breast implants underneath the pectoralis muscle, which can help reduce the risk of implant rippling and palpability, particularly in petite patients or those who do not have much natural breast tissue. Additionally, it is believed that by placing the breast implant here, the chance of capsular contracture is lessened.
The disadvantage of placing the breast implant behind the muscle is the extended recovery period necessary as the muscle tissue heals. Also, the size of the breast implant may be limited by this method.
The first step in determining which placement option is the best fit for you is to speak with an experienced surgeon. If you’re considering breast augmentation, contact us today. Dr. Branman would love to sit down with you for a personal, private consultation.