What You Need to Know About Breast Implant Placement: Above and Below the Muscle

Women considering breast augmentation in Las Vegas are often unsure or unaware of their options when it comes to breast implant placement. The 2 most common options are submuscular placement (under the chest muscle) and subglandular placement (over the pectoral muscle) just under the natural breast tissue. It’s important to keep in mind that no single placement is right for every patient, and there are a number of factors to consider when choosing placement, including body type, desired results, and implant size/type.

Under the Muscle

The majority of the time, I recommend placing the breast implants underneath the muscle. Because a pocket must be created for the implants below the muscle, your body will take longer to heal from surgery. However, especially for those with an athletic build, the look and feel of the implants is usually more natural. There is also no interference with traditional breast screenings, including mammograms. The risk of capsular contracture, or hardening of scar tissue surrounding the implant, is also reduced with this placement (National Institute of Health).

Over the Muscle

In some cases, submammary placement, where the implant is placed just under the breast tissue and over the chest muscle, may be preferred, especially if the client has enough natural breast tissue to fully cover the implant. As no muscles are involved in this surgery, there is also a faster recovery time.

You can see examples of both submuscular and submammary placement in the photo gallery. To discuss the best options for your body and desired outcome, contact us using our online form to request a consultation or call (702) 734-4100 to schedule an appointment.

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