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Submuscular, Subglandular, and Dual Plane Positioning of Implants
Breast implants can be placed above, below, or partially below the pectoral muscle. Dr. Azita Madjidi can help you determine the best breast implant placement for you during a consultation at our Houston plastic surgery office. By listening closely to your goals and concerns, and by examining your body frame and lifestyle, Dr. Madjidi can make expert recommendations to help you achieve maximum satisfaction with breast augmentation surgery. Contact us today to learn more.
Choosing the right implant placement technique is a vital step in your breast augmentation procedure, and Dr. Madjidi will ensure that you thoroughly understand advantages of each approach.
Submuscular placement involves placing the breast implant fully underneath the pectoral muscle. This method often provides a lower risk of capsular contracture and visible rippling, and can make it easier for your physician to perform mammograms. However, some patients believe that submuscular placement results in a less lifelike appearance by covering the bottom curvature of the implant. Patients who are especially active in exercise and athletics may not be good candidates for submuscular placement, because flexing the pectoral muscles can squeeze the implant, giving it an odd shape and appearance.
Subglandular, or submammary, placement involves placing the implant completely above the muscle, just underneath the mammary gland. Typically, this is a less complicated procedure with minimal discomfort and a shorter recovery time than submuscular placement. The subglandular method eliminates the risk of chest muscles squeezing the implants, and is often preferable among women who enjoy bodybuilding and other exercise. While this method provides a more round lower region for the implant, the top portion may also be visible. In some instances, the risk for capsular contracture may be increased, especially with saline implants. When implants are directly in contact with the breast glands, they can obscure future mammograms, making the readings difficult – but certainly not impossible – for the technician to analyze.
The dual plane technique combines the best of both the subglandular and submuscular implant placement techniques. The top part of the implant is placed underneath the muscle, while the bottom falls into the breast to create a natural roundness in its lower region. Meanwhile, the implant makes no content with the mammary gland. The dual plane method lifts the nipple and projects the breast forward while concealing the top curve of the implant, creating a natural look that mimics the contours and proportions of a natural breast.
No two patients have the same goals, body type, or lifestyle. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to customize every aspect of a breast augmentation in order to achieve beautiful results and maximum patient satisfaction. For patients that are dissatisfied with their surgical outcome, we also offer breast implant revision surgery. To learn more about how the expert, compassionate care of Dr. Azita Madjidi can help you achieve the attractive and youthful bust line you desire, please contact us today.
by Azita Madjidi
Houston Plastic Surgery