The Benefits of Placing Breast Implants Under the Muscle

When we perform breast augmentation near Palm Springs at our practice, we usually recommend that our patients have their breast implants placed under the pectoralis muscle (submuscular placement).

A recent study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® found that submuscular placement significantly reduces the incidence of capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue). One of the most common reasons for breast augmentation revision, capsular contracture creates an unnatural breast appearance and can be painful for the patient. Placing the implant below the chest muscle reduces the risk of this, partially because the muscle massages the implant to keep the breast soft.

One of the most common questions I receive from patients regarding breast augmentation safety is how to protect from implant ruptures. While implant technology has greatly reduced the risk of rupture, submuscular placement provides an even greater level of safety. The chest muscle acts as a barrier and protects implants from impact.

Other benefits of submuscular placement, such as how this method makes mammography screenings easier for radiologists to interpret, can be explained by an experienced plastic surgeon. Breast augmentation patients should have access to information on all surgical methods prior to scheduling a procedure.

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