Many women interested in improving their figure and breasts often look into plastic surgery and opt for procedures like breast augmentation. Breast augmentation can provide women with a larger and fuller breast size to enhance their appearance and self-esteem. However, when looking into surgery, many patients may not realize that where the implants are placed plays a significant role in acquiring their desired results.
Although there are many options and factors to consider when it comes to your breast augmentation procedure, knowing which implant placement will suit your physique is just as important as the type of implant you choose. Fortunately, Dr. Spies can help you decide which option will help you achieve your personal and aesthetic goal.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, or mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that enhances the size and shape of the breasts using saline or silicone breast implants. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. Incisions are typically made on the lower breast fold near the chest wall or around the areola. Breast augmentation will not only give patients the breasts they have always longed for, but it can also provide them with the following benefits:
- A balanced and youthful figure
- Symmetrical breasts
- Larger, fuller breasts
- More clothing options
- Improved self-esteem
Your Placement Options
Once the incisions have been made, a space is created on the chest wall for the implant. The location of this space will be determined by the amount of breast tissue on top of the chest wall and the amount of correction needed for your procedure.
Subglandular placement means that the implant will be placed under the breast tissue and will sit on top of the pectoral muscle. This option attains the best results with silicone implants. The best candidates are those who may desire more cleavage or want a rounder and fuller look to the upper part of the breast. I also offer it as an option for women who do significant bodybuilding so that the larger pectoral muscles will not push and distort the implant. While subglandular placement offers a faster recovery time, there is a slightly higher risk of implant visibility and capsular contracture around the implant.
The subpectoral method uses the dual plane technique where the implant is placed under both the glandular tissue and the chest muscle. The muscle covers most of the implant, which reduces the visibility of the implant in the upper breast area and the cleavage region. Dr. Spies prefers the subpectoral placement as it reduces the risk of capsular contracture and scar tissue formation. It also provides patients with the most natural-looking breasts.
To determine which implant placement is best suited for you and if you’re an ideal candidate for breast augmentation, you may schedule a consultation with Dr. Spies online or call our office at 480-359-1019.