My breast augmentation patients in Palo Alto have numerous decisions to make when it comes to their surgeries. Choices regarding implant size, implant material, and incision location are largely dependent on the patient’s specific set of preferences. But some decisions, including the choice of implant placement, can affect more than aesthetics.
A November 2013 study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, suggests that subglandular (over the muscle) implant placement may increase the risk of capsular contracture. This complication occurs when an excessive amount of scar tissue develops around the implant, causing the breasts to feel very firm and uncomfortable. Researchers have long struggled to zero in on the factors that contribute to capsular contracture, and the study sheds new light on the complex issue.
More research is needed to prove that implant placement may be related to capsular contracture. Overwhelmingly, women who choose subglandular placements for their implants don’t experience any complications, and either placement location can produce beautiful results. Each patient is different, and the decision about implant placement should be based on many factors. If you’re unsure about which options are best for you, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience with breast surgery. He or she will help you choose the options that work for you.