When it comes to breast implants, you have many different options to consider. Do you want saline or silicone implants? What about implants only or implants with a breast lift? During your initial consultation, you’ll discuss that with Dr. Martin. Another discussion you’ll have is about whether you want the implants placed above or below the chest muscle. Deciding on breast implant placement will also be discussed at your consultation. Many people struggle to understand why breast implant placement matters. Below, we’ll go over the two placement styles and discuss advantages and disadvantages of both breast implant placements.
Over the Muscle
For a long time, placing the breast implant over the chest muscle was the most common way to do breast implants. During surgery, the doctor would simply place the breast implant over the muscle and then suture you back up again. Depending on how much breast tissue you have to start, over the muscle placement may be more beneficial. Additionally, the recovery time tends to be a little quicker compared to under the muscle placement.
However, as times changed, many doctors stopped using this method for a variety of reasons. For some, placing the implant over the muscle lead to a more artificial look, which many people don’t want when they get plastic surgery. Also, over the muscle placement increased the risk of capsular contracture, which is when the tissue around the implant hardens. It’s also much harder to read on a mammogram, though it’s not impossible.
Under the Muscle
As the over the muscle placement went out of style, the under the muscle placement became much more popular. In this placement type, the breast implant is placed under the muscle. However, the implant doesn’t go completely under the muscle. Instead, it goes partially under the muscle. With this method of placement, the risk of capsular contracture greatly decreases. It’s also much easier to get a mammogram when you opt for under the muscle placement. It also gives a more natural appearance while making the implant less visible than above the muscle placement.
While many people prefer the under the muscle placement, it still has some drawbacks. Many people find recovery takes a little longer compared to above the muscle placement.
Which Does Dr. Martin Prefer?
Typically, Dr. Martin prefers the under the muscle placement for its benefits. However, Dr. Martin wants you to make an informed decision about your breast implant placement. During your consultation, the two of you will decide on the placement.
When it comes to breast implant placement, there’s no right or wrong answer. It all comes down to what you prefer and your overall understanding of the placement. While Dr. Martin prefers to place breast implants under the muscle, he still may place them above the muscle if it works best for patients. At Cincinnati Plastic Surgery, we take patient satisfaction seriously. If you want a surgeon who listens to your wants and strives to achieve them, turn to us. If you’re ready to schedule your consultation, contact the office now.