Close to 300,000 breast augmentation procedures are performed in the U.S. annually. Breast augmentation is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures across the world.

Choices of implants, new techniques of implant placement, and safety of materials are some reasons why breast implants are gaining popularity.

Along with choosing the type of breast implant, the breast augmentation procedure also involves the selection of the right placement technique for implants. The surgeon makes the decision based on the size and shape of the breast, the overall health of the patient, the type of implant chosen, the incision location, and so on.

Dr. Lewis Andres is one of the leading specialists in breast augmentation in Scottsdale. He is a highly suitable surgeon to advise you on the best placement technique.

Implant Placement Techniques

Breast implants can be positioned either over the muscle or under the chest muscle.

Dr. Andres provides an in-depth consultation to obtain the detailed past and current medical history, the size and shape of breasts, the type and size of implant that is suitable, body type, and the expectations of the patient.

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Placement Above the Muscle

The pectoral muscles or the chest muscles are over the rib, and the breasts are located on the pectoral muscles. These muscles extend below the breasts to connect the breasts to the arms. Above the pectoral muscle is the fibrous tissue, and the collecting ducts and glands are just behind the areola or the nipple. A layer of fat below the skin cushions the breasts, and their volume decides the size of the breast in non-lactating women.

In the ‘Sub-glandular technique’ also known as the ‘over the muscle” positioning, the implant is positioned between breast tissue and chest muscle.

This placement has some key advantages:

  • It is a less invasive procedure and is easier to carry out
  • Because the muscle is not disturbed, the recovery time is faster
  • The patient experiences less discomfort because the chest muscle is not affected
  • It is possible to create a better cleavage because the implants are close together.
  • As the pectoral muscles are not affected, there is no distortion of the implant with flexing of the chest muscle.
  • This technique is suitable for larger-sized implants

Placement Under the Chest Muscle

The “sub-muscular placement” involves positioning the implant below the chest muscle, known as the pectoralis major.

This placement offers some advantages such as:

  • It can provide a more natural look and shape with the pectoralis muscles covering the implant
  • There is reduced rippling risk – rippling refers to wrinkles and lines that are visible through the breast skin
  • The chest muscle provides added support and minimizes the wearing effect
  • There is also reduced capsular contracture risk. Capsular contracture refers to scar tissue formation around the implant which constricts the implant leading to inflammation, stiffness, and pain.

Dr. Andres is a top Scottsdale breast augmentation surgeon. Consulting with him is one of the best ways to understand what options are available and which one is best suited for you.

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A private, fully-tailored consultation is your next step to uncovering which surgical route is the right one for you. Dr. Lewis Albert Andres will intently listen to your particular goals in regards to your physical enhancement desires. From there, he will fully discuss all of the available options and meticulously examine

your body to determine with you which is the best course of action to attain your aesthetic objectives. Dr. Andres, a board-certified plastic & reconstructive surgeon in Phoenix & Scottsdale, is committed to delivering some of the best patient care and plastic surgery with honesty, compassion, and expert skill.

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