surgery by implant placement is a plastic surgical procedure that aims to increase the size, shape, or fullness of breasts. Thanks to the surgery, it is possible for the patient, who deems her breasts as small, to gain volume and remodel her breasts in a way that is adapted to her figure.
However, when it comes to implant placement, one of the most important decisions is their position inside the breast; whether above or below the pectoral muscle.
In the following article, you will find the differences between both placements as well as how the decision is taken prior to the surgery:
Above or below the pectoral muscle: how to choose?
During the preliminary consultation, your doctor will examine your morphology and anatomy, and take the time discuss your desires and expectations from your breast implant placement.
It is by taking all factors into consideration that the surgeon is able to determine which placement position is the most suitable for you (that is, above or below the pectoral muscle).
Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages; the surgeon will make sure to thoroughly explain the differences between each procedure.
Other factors are also taken into consideration before undergoing your breast enhancement surgery and deciding on the placement position; notably the physical activity (sports) practised by the patient, her age, or also the volume of her mammary gland.
The differences between both technique
The placement position of implants has always been a debatable topic among many people (including surgeons). Indeed, every method has its advantages and disadvantages; and the results of each may vary according to the patient’s morphology and her lifestyle after the surgery.
Here are the most important advantages and disadvantages of each technique:
Implant placement above the pectoral muscle
Among the most important advantages of this procedure is that it is quick to perform and causes minimal pain; especially during the postoperative period of the surgery.
This technique also helps maintain the prostheses in place and reduce the risk of discreet breast ptosis.
However, if this technique is performed on a patient having insufficient mammary glands, the contours of the implant may be visible and easily detected when touched.
Implant placement below the pectoral muscle
Thanks to this technique, implants are less visible and not easily detected when touched. In addition, by choosing to place her implants below the pectoral muscles, the patient would benefit from naturally-looking rounded breasts.
It is however to be noted that this technique is more painful, especially during the recovery period (pain will dissipate after a few weeks from the surgery).
It is also important to note that this implant placement technique is not recommended for very thin patients; as results may not turn optimal or as desired.
During the preliminary consultations, the patient and her doctor will be able to decide on implant positioning according to her preferences, body morphology, breast shape, age, and other factors.
The surgeon will also suggest several types of breast implants; and the patient will be able to evaluate and choose the shape and size of the prostheses to put in place.
This is all to ensure that the outcome of the surgery be as expected for the patient.