Putting Implants in Their Place

Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly requested procedures on the Gulf Coast for plastic surgery. While most people are aware they will have to choose between silicone and saline implants, many are unaware of another important decision: implant placement. The 2 primary breast enlargement options for implant placement are:

  • Subglandular

The implant sits under the breast tissue and glands and over the chest (pectoralis) muscles. Women with small breasts or thin skin may experience visible ripples or wrinkles. A relatively simple technique, subglandular placement provides a shorter, more comfortable surgery and recovery for many women.

  • Submuscular

The surgeon inserts the implant behind the chest muscles. This procedure is more complex than subglandular and may require more time for surgery and recovery. The results often feel and appear more natural. Submuscular placement has a lower risk of scar tissue hardening around the implant (capsular contracture).

Why Choose One over the Other?

Placement can depend on factors such as the type of implant and the amount of breast tissue. Your goals and anatomy will inform your surgeon’s recommendations. For the best advice and care, consult an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.

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