If you’re interested in breast augmentation surgery, you may have spent some time thinking about where your breast implant placement may be. Should you have the implant placed above the chest muscle, or below the muscle?
The truth is that the answer is extremely personalized, and the best plastic surgeon won’t use a one-size-fits-all approach to your breast augmentation surgery.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons associated with each implant placement so you can be more informed going into your breast augmentation consultation.
Below the Muscle: Pros & Cons
Surgeons who place the implant below the pectoral muscle often cite that patients enjoy much more natural results, as the contour and shape are similar to a real breast. Additionally, there’s less risk for rippling, plus patients can enjoy a better mammogram experience, as more breast tissue is visible during this critical procedure.
Cons include a more intensive recovery period, as well as an increased risk for implant displacement. Additionally, there’s a chance that the implant could be flattened due to repetitive chest flexing.
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Above the Muscle: Pros & Cons
Some plastic surgeons prefer to place implants above the muscles, which can have unique benefits as patients get older. For example, implants placed above the pectoral muscle follow the natural shape of the breast as the patient gets older. Additionally, recovery can be faster and less uncomfortable, which can be a huge selling point for patients.
Cons include an increased risk of implant rippling, which can only be corrected via implant replacement surgery. There’s also a higher risk of capsular contracture, plus it’s tougher to see breast tissue during a mammogram.
I had my Breast augmentation with Dr Greenberg 4 years ago and I’m very happy with the results. Until these day my breasts look amazing and even better. I got the natural look that I was looking for.
I would definitely recommend this doctor and I would be doing more surgeries with him again.
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