After you have decided on the particular size and type of breast implant you want, you will need to make further decisions about how your breast implants are placed. There are two main placement methods for breast augmentation: submuscular (below the chest muscle), and subglandular (over the chest muscle).
Dr. Harrell prefers to use the submuscular placement method because it comes with a number of advantages, including:
- A more natural look and feel
- Better results for patients with small breasts
- No interference with mammography results
- Less risk of capsular contracture
- Less risk of bottoming out
Placing your breast implants below your chest muscle keeps the edges of the implants well-covered, hiding aesthetic quirks like rippling (where the surface of the breast implant wrinkles). In contrast, using the subglandular placement method tends to produce a less natural appearance, especially in women who have thin natural breast tissue. Subglandular placement can also pose difficulties in mammography imaging and heighten your risk of capsular contracture.
While submuscular placement does entail a longer recovery period than subglandular placement, Dr. Harrell believes it is well worth the extra investment of time for most patients. During a personal consultation, he can help you weigh the pros and cons of all your breast augmentation options.
If you have further questions about breast augmentation, please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with experienced Miami breast surgeon Dr. Jon Harrell. The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery serves patients in Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Plantation, and Davie, Florida.