My surgeon said he would do a dual plane augmentation to achieve natural slope. How will this achieve that?

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Dual plane

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Hello and thanks for your question. The dual plane technique allows your breast implant to have a maximum interface between implant, muscle and subcutaneous tissue while centering the nipple-areolar complex behind the implant thereby creating a full, youthful appearing breast.  Hope this helps. 

Dr. B

Dual plane

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A dual plane approach is basically placing implants in a sub pectoral pocket with varying degrees of release of the soft tissue from the muscle.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Dual place breast augmentation

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Thank you for asking about your breast augmentation.

  • If your implant goes under the muscle, it will be placed in a dual plane - the upper part under the muscle, the lower part under the breast tissue.
  • The muscle covers most of the implant and protects it against infection, and makes it often look more natural.
  • The pressure of the muscle creates a slope so that that mimics the natural slope of the breast.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.

Dual Plane Disection

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Thank you for your question.  All breast augmentations placed under the muscle is a dual plane dissection.  The top portion of the implant is covered by the muscle and the bottom of the implant is covered by the breast tissue.  There is 3 main dissections that are performed depending on your nipple location.  During your breast exam with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon he can let you know which dissection would work best for you and can further discuss the technique of the dual plane dissection.

Dual Plane breast augmentation

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Most breast augmentation's done today use a dual plane approach. Here, the upper portion of the implant is covered by the pectoralis muscle in the lower portion on top of muscles. When the nipple has migrated downward slightly the surgeon can divide a little bit more muscle as it comes off the bones of the chest as well as sometimes lift the actual breast off of the bottom portion of the pectoralis muscle to allow that muscle to migrate upward so that the implant can rest further downward in the pocket and have it center better be aligned with the nipple. Hope this helps.

Marc J. Salzman, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Dual Plane

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A dual plane breast augmentation is one where the implant sits partially under the pectoralis muscle.  The coverage the muscle provides at the top of the implant makes it less noticeable where the implant starts thus making the breast look more natural.  Good luck!

Dual Plane Breast Augmentation

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Actually all breast augmentations these days are dual plane. This means that the implant is partially under the muscle and partially under the breast tissue. The procedure separates the lower part of the breast tissue from the muscle allowing the implant to push into the breast tissue without the muscle intervening. There are generally three level of separation. The differences are in how much of the breast tissue is separated from the muscle.
Depeneding on the original anatomy some patienst with mild to moderate drooping will get a nicer result with the dual plane two and three positioning.

John P. Stratis, MD
Harrisburg Plastic Surgeon
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Dual plane

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Dual plane can be helpful in women with larger breasts and nipples that are slightly low. Your surgeon dissects a little above the muscle to let the implant drop a little further and the nipple to rotate upwards a bit. This is a nice choice in some women. Your ps can give you more info on why you are a candidate. Good luck!!

Dual plane breast augmentation

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Dual plane breast augmentation is a technique that places the superior portion of the implant underneath the pectoralis major muscle. This is a preferred technique of mine since it provides the best coverage of the implant. It is not always needed, for example if someone has thick enough skin and breast tissue the dual plane may not be needed. Dual plane offers a more natural transition from the chest to implant, especially in thinner skinned patients. 

Take care

Badar Jan, MD
Allentown Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Dual Plane

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A dual plane approach basically means that your surgeon will place your implant under the muscle. In general this approach delivers longer lasting, more natural results. Best, Dr. Nazarian

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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