Breast Implant Placement
In every breast augmentation surgery, the placement of the implant can have a large impact on the final result. Dr. Justin Jones customizes breast implant placement at his Oklahoma City, OK, office, based on each patient’s unique body type and goals. It is important that you understand the advantages and disadvantages of both subglandular and submuscular implant placement so that you can make an informed decision regarding your care.
Your Initial Consultation
During your consultation, Dr. Jones will discuss your options for your incision locations and the two main placement options for breast implants. Variations on these placement options may be necessary based on your unique anatomy and needs.
Subglandular placement refers to the technique of positioning the implant beneath the breast tissue and mammary glands, but above the pectoral muscle. This technique typically involves less pain and discomfort, as well as a reduced recovery period. Because the implant is placed above the muscle, this placement option gives Dr. Jones greater ability to manipulate and position the implant optimally, and also allows easier access should additional surgeries become necessary. This is an important aspect of placement, as most implants need to be replaced or revised after about 10 years. Athletic women often prefer this placement method because it does not interfere with the chest muscle. Many patients choose this technique because it easily creates the appearance of cleavage.
Despite the many advantages, subglandular implants typically do not look as natural. Occasionally, the implant may ripple or wrinkle, and these flaws are more easily seen and felt because of the placement above the muscle. Subglandular placement can also interfere with the ability of mammograms to identify breast cancer. Additionally, implants that are placed above the muscle are associated with higher rates of capsular contracture, a painful and potentially dangerous complication that could cause the implant to rupture.
Submuscular placement is the technique for placing the implant beneath the pectoral muscle and above the chest wall to create a natural pocket. Many patients prefer the natural look and feel of implants placed beneath the muscle, and this technique is often recommended for women with smaller breasts. The chest muscle can conceal many potential flaws in the implant, such as rippling or wrinkling. The risk of capsular contracture is greatly reduced with submuscular placement.
It is important that you understand the advantages and disadvantages of both subglandular and submuscular implant placement so that you can make an informed decision regarding your care.
Submuscular implants require a more time-consuming surgery and typically involve more discomfort during the recovery period due to the manipulation of the less flexible muscle. Any additional surgeries in the future will also be more complicated. This placement method can also make it more difficult to create the appearance of cleavage in women with widely spaced breasts.
Scheduling Your Surgery
Once you and Dr. Jones have determined your implant placement and incision locations, your surgery can be scheduled. You will be given specific instructions to help you prepare for your surgery at the time of scheduling.
Contact Our Office
Choosing the right surgeon can be one of the most important decisions that you will make regarding your care. If you would like to learn more about how Dr. Jones can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.