Implant placement

Submuscular breast implant placement

In the submuscular breast augmentation or subpectoral, the implant is placed behind the pectoral muscle. Because the muscle is only attached to the chest wall at the edge, there is a space under the muscle where the breast implant can be placed. In most cases, the pectoral muscle to cover about two-thirds of breast implant. When the muscle does not completely cover the implant, we speak of a partial submuscular breast augmentation. Complete submuscular breast augmentation, or total, is achieved by using other muscles of the chest wall to cover the remaining third breast implant. You can achieve a complete submuscular placement of breast implants through incisions transaxilares, areolar incisions or inframammary incisions.

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Advantages of submuscular placement

Unlike what happens in the sub glandular breast augmentation in which breast implant is placed in front of the muscle, after complete submuscular breast augmentation, the implant is completely covered by muscle and breast tissue. This helps to hide the edges and ripples of the implant and thus creates a more natural breasts and a more natural feel to the touch after surgery. Submuscular placement of breast implants seems to generate more favorable results than subglandular increased in women with smaller breasts. The location of the implant under the pectoral muscle breast augmentation can reduce the fear of breast enhancement surgery hinders breast cancer detection. Although the possibility exists that any breast implant hide some breast tissue during mammography, clinical studies have shown that submuscular placement does not interfere with mammography exams.
Submuscular breast augmentation also carries a lower risk of capsular contracture, ie that stress on the scar tissue and squeeze the breast implant. Capsular contracture can distort the appearance of the breast and create an unnatural strength, which can be painful. Submuscular placement of breast implant decreases the likelihood of downward displacement of the implant, which is a complication of breast augmentation where the implant ends located too low on the chest wall and, therefore, the nipples are too high in the breast.

Preparation / anesthesia

Based on a review of the patient’s medical history may be necessary for the doctor to perform additional blood tests and an electrocardiogram before continuing with the procedure. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist.

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