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Implant Placement Options

What are my options for breast implant placement?

You may have heard that there are options for the placement of breast implants within your breast tissue. In fact, there are two choices for breast implant placement: sub-glandular (under your breast tissue and over your chest muscle) or sub-muscular (under or partially under your chest muscle). Each placement type has benefits that may be right for you. Discuss your desired outcome with your plastic surgeon to select the best option for your figure.

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

With sub-glandular placement the implant location is between your chest muscle and your breast tissue (under the glands). This placement may help reduce your surgery and recovery time. It may be less painful than sub-muscular placement and may make your breast implants easier to access if reoperation is necessary. Implants that are sub-glandular may be easier to see and feel through your skin.

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement

Sub-muscular placement means that your breast implants are placed partially or wholly under the pectoralis major chest muscle. Sub-muscular implants may result in a longer, more painful recovery than sub-glandular implants. Sub-muscular placement may result in less palpable implants and may reduce the risk of developing capsular contracture Capsular Contracture: A tightening of the scar tissue surrounding an implant. May require an additional surgery to correct. , as well as offer easier mammographic imaging of the breast.

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