Placement of Breast Implants

If you are interested in breast augmentation, you have options in regard to where the breast implant is placed in your chest. Houston, Texas board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ciaravino uses both submuscular and subglandular placement when performing breast augmentation.

There are advantages to each method and depending on your anatomy, including factors such as muscle thickness, original breast size, and skin thickness, we will help you decide which method of placement is right for you.

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

Subglandular breast implant placement places the implant in front of the chest muscles and behind the breast tissue. This method is normally recommended for women who already have relatively large breasts, otherwise there is a risk of the top edge of the implant being more visible. There is also a slight risk of rippling. Subglandular placement is also useful in patients who have a small to moderate degree of breast droop or excess skin.

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement

Submuscular or sub-pectoral placement involves placing the breast implant underneath the chest muscle. Actually, in most cases, the muscle covers approximately two-thirds of the implant. The lower third of the implant is covered by the facia and breast tissue. Subpectral placement is generally preferred for women with very small breasts or thin skin, as the additional coverage of the muscle will make your breasts appear more natural and reduce the chance for rippling. While Dr. Ciaravino’s surgical technique will dramatically reduce your recovery time, getting your implants placed below the muscle will still take longer to recover from than a sub-glandular procedure.

There are many pros and cons to each method and finding the appropriate one for your body type and needs is extremely important. Dr. Ciaravino will leave you as well-informed as possible so that you will know going in what your breast implant placement options are.

If you live in the Houston, Texas area and you are interested in finding out more about breast implant placement options, please contact the office of Dr. Michael Ciaravino to schedule a consultation.