Breast Implant Placement

  Posted on September 9, 2013   Last updated on December 8, 2017 |   

Under The Muscle

If you decide to undergo breast augmentation, the type of implant is not the only choice you have to make. One of the things you should also consider is the placement of your breast implant.

In deciding your breast implant placement, there are two options to choose from: sub-glandular or sub-muscular. Each type of placement has its advantages and disadvantages. It may be best if you discuss your desired outcome with your plastic surgeon.

Sub-glandular breast implant placement is when the implant is placed between your chest muscle and your breast tissue located under your glands. As compared to the sub-muscular option, this placement helps you reduce your surgery and recovery time.

On the other hand, sub-muscular placement is when breast implants are placed partially or wholly under the pectoralis major muscle (chest muscle). It may require a longer, more painful recovery than sub-glandular placement, but the benefit is that it looks more real. With sub-muscular placement, mammography interference may be slightly decreased and capsular contracture may be slightly less common.

The chest muscle in the sub-muscular placement serves two purposes. First, it gives additional soft tissue coverage. If the implants are sandwiched between the muscle and the tissues, it can be quite hard for implants to look like natural breasts – especially for women who have little or no breast tissue. But if they are placed underneath the chest muscle, then the extra tissues covering the implants make folds and creases less visible.

Second, it can help shape the upper portion of the breasts. Natural breasts have a bit of a slope to the upper portion – not overly round. If the implant is placed under the muscle, it exerts some pressure on the implant which helps in giving the upper breast a natural-looking slope.

So, if you are going for a more natural look, then the sub-muscular breast implant placement may just be perfect for you.


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