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Breast implant placement options

24th Sep 2018

There are many decisions that you have to make when you want to have breast implants. First of all, you have to think whether you really want to go through the procedure or not. Then there is also the decision about which breast implant to have for your breasts. You also have to think about where the incision should be made. Lastly, you also have to consider which placement of the breast implants is best for you.

Most surgeons offer two placement options of the breast implants: the subglandular placement and the submuscular placement. With the subglandular placement, the breast implants are found on top of the muscles and under the breast tissue. On the other hand, the submuscular placement will have the implants under the muscles and the breast tissue. There is no best position for all patients; the position will depend highly upon the patient.

The submuscular placement is chosen because it enables the implants to be properly covered. This is especially needed by women who do not have much breast tissue. If there is not enough breast tissue over the implants, the presence of the implants will be obvious. The muscles are also capable of covering the implants so that it can result in a more natural look.

On the other hand, there are also some who choose the subglandular placement. This is best for those who wish to get an augmentation but have enough breast tissue that can adequately cover the breast implants. It is also chosen by those who are weightlifting. Weightlifting involves the use of the muscles of the chest. Due to the great pressure in the muscles, it can be more uncomfortable for patients to weightlift if the implants are present under the muscles. The augmented breasts can also look unnatural when the muscles in the chest are flexed.

Recovery from the breast augmentation surgery with implants is much quicker when it is just placed over the muscles or at subglandular level. It is also less painful and uncomfortable because the muscles are made of dense fiber, and it is more difficult to stretch out to accommodate the implants. When the implants are felt, they are more obvious when it is placed under the breast tissue only as compared to when they are under the muscles.

When deciding on which placement to choose, it is best to take a look at your lifestyle. If you lift weights or if you are planning to, then it would be best to get the implants over the muscles. This is especially true if you have enough breast tissue to cover the implants adequately. On the other hand, those who don’t plan on weight lifting may get under the muscle placement. This is especially helpful if you don’t have enough breast tissue to provide adequate cover.

Before you make your final decision about the placement, it is also a good idea to listen to what your surgeon suggests. They have seen your breasts and have assessed it that is why they know what would be best. Your responsibility is to tell them if you are planning on doing weightlifting or is a weight lifter.


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