3 Advantages of Submuscular Breast Implant Placement


When it comes to implant placement, there are two  options for breast implants: subglandular (under the breast tissue and on top of the chest muscles) or submuscular (under the breast tissue and under or partially under the chest muscles). While subglandular placement may be better for some patients based on their anatomy, here are three distinct advantages that submuscular placement can offer.
1. Minimizes the Chances of Rippling Nothing will make your breast augmentation results look less natural than when the implant shell can be easily seen or felt under the skin.  Studies have shown that a patient is more likely to have rippling when the implant is placed over the muscle, so I often recommend submuscular placement to my patients who have little existing breast tissue or are otherwise concerned about implant visibility.
2. Reduces Risk of Capsular Contracture Capsular contracture occurs when excessive scar tissue develops around the implant, resulting in a hard, tight feeling and appearance. Women who choose submuscular placement have, on average, a slightly  lower risk of capsular contracture.
3. Provides More Implant Support With subglandular placement, the breast tissue must be separated from the chest muscles in order to place the implant between the two layers. This separation can reduce the amount of support the chest wall can provide to help bear the added weight of implants. Because of this, patients can typically expect to have less sagging (and therefore longer-lasting results) with submuscular placement. In my experience, this is particularly important for  breast augmentation patients in their 40s whose breast tissue may be less firm and supportive already due to age. 
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Orange County Plastic Surgeon