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Breast Implant Placement Approaches and Why They Matter

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on May 05, 2015


A woman covering her breastsWhen Dr. Brian Kobienia performs a breast augmentation surgery, he takes great care in fully customizing the procedure to meet the needs of the patient. This is what makes him one of the leading plastic surgeons in the greater Edina area.

While many patients focus on implant size, there are many other factors to consider when it comes to achieving the best possible results. One of these factors is the placement of the breast implant. Let's look at this matter in more detail right now.

What does breast implant placement mean?

Breast implant placement refers to the position of a breast implant relative to the pectoral muscle and the mammary gland. There are different ways to place the breast implant for optimal aesthetic and health results.

Why does breast implant placement matter?

Placing a breast implant above or below the muscle can have a major impact on the overall results of the surgery. In some cases, a patient's breasts may look more natural depending on the nature of the implant placement. Health matters are also important to consider, as some types of implant placement may be better able to prevent capsular contracture and other potential complications.

During the consultation process, you will be able to learn more about all of the factors that go into the implant placement process and how you can benefit.

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement: Over the Pectoral Muscle

With subglandular breast implant placement, the implant is positioned beneath the mammary gland but over the pectoral muscle. It is an ideal option for creating more prominent cleavage.

Recovery time after subglandular breast implant placement is comparatively shorter than the other option we will discuss, and patients also experience less post-surgical discomfort. It's generally easier for plastic surgeons to position the breast implant with this placement method as well.

Women who tend to be more athletic often prefer the subglandular method since it will not affect muscles and results will look more natural.

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement: Under the Pectoral Muscle

Submuscular breast implant placement involves the breast implant positioned beneath the mammary gland as well as the pectoral muscle. The implant may be placed two-thirds or totally beneath the pectoral muscle in this form of placement.

While the recovery is longer and more uncomfortable, there are some notable advantages to submuscular breast implants. Submuscular placement tends to prevent a complication known as capsular contracture from occurring, which is a painful hardening of scar tissue around an implant. In addition, the submuscular breast implant is less likely to interfere with mammograms, which means it can be easier for breast cancer to be detected.

Other Factors to Consider During Breast Augmentation Surgery

In addition to implant placement, a number of other factors can result in more ideal or less ideal results based on your aesthetic goals. These include:

  • Patient's body type
  • Size of breast implants
  • Shape of breast implants
  • Breast implant profile
  • Incision sites for implant insertion

All of these factors can be discussed in greater detail when you stop by the practice for a full consultation.

Speak with Dr. Kobienia About Breast Augmentation Surgery

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and how it can help you have a better overall body contour, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Kobienia and the entire team at the practice looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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