Among the many choices involved in breast augmentation – including implant type, size, shape, and incision location – the placement of the implants can significantly impact your final results. Most breast implants are placed either below the glandular breast tissue (subglandular) or below both the glandular breast tissue and the pectoral muscle (submuscular). Though Dr. James Vogel will make his recommendation during the consultation process and factor in your individual physique, there are some standard differences between the two major implant placements.
With a subglandular placement, breast implants can sometimes move more naturally. However, particularly for women who do not have a sufficient amount of skin and breast tissue to cover the implant, the implant could look conspicuous. Additionally, implants placed above the pectoral muscle may have an increased risk of capsular contracture or rippling.
A submuscular placement can yield a more natural looking appearance since this location can offer more coverage and support for the implant. When the implant is placed below the pectoral muscle, the breast can maintain a natural-looking slope at the upper pole. Additional benefits of placing the breast implant under the pectoral muscle can include added support for the weight of the implant and a reduced risk of rippling or capsular contracture.
Ultimately, the best method of implant placement varies from patient to patient. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vogel and discuss how you can achieve your cosmetic goals with breast augmentation, please contact our office.