Breast Implant Placement Options

Updated November 22, 2019

Pros & cons of over the muscle vs. under the muscle breast augmentation

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 implant placement. Which option 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 breast augmentation 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.

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 lower portion of 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.

One possible disadvantage of placing the breast implant behind the muscle is that a somewhat longer recovery period is necessary as the muscle tissue heals. Also, the size of the breast implant may be limited by this method. However, in the long run, many patients prefer the smooth chest-to-breast transition and ample implant coverage possible with this option.

Which breast augmentation option is best?

The first step in determining which breast implant placement option is the best fit for you is to speak with an experienced cosmetic surgeon. If you’re considering breast augmentation in Little Rock, please contact us today. Dr. Branman would be glad to discuss your options and answer your questions about breast augmentation during a personal, private consultation.

For more information, contact us online or simply call the office at 501-227-0707 to schedule a consultation.

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