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 selection of the right placement technique of implants. The surgeon makes the decision based on the size and shape of the breast, overall health of the patient, type of implant chosen, 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, type and size of implant that is suitable, body type and the expectations of the patient.
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 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.Back to Breast Augmentation