As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and experienced provider of breast implants in Nashville TN, Dr. Ortega is often asked whether breast implants should be placed above the muscle or behind the muscle.
The decision regarding breast implant placement often depends on the patient’s individual anatomy, personal preferences, and goals. As described by Dr. Ortega in this video, the decision regarding implant placement over the muscle vs under the muscle during breast augmentation will vary depending on the patient’s priorities after understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
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Breast Implants Nashville TN: Above or Behind the Muscle? – Breast Augmentation
One of the decisions that you’ll have to make when you’re thinking about your breast augmentation is whether to have the implant placed in front of the muscle or behind the muscle. And there are advantages and disadvantages to both. I do it both ways.
And so one of the things you might want to consider is whether you want your implant to appear to be higher and perhaps not sag or fall as soon, or whether you would rather that it’s subtle.
Breast Implants Behind the Muscle tend to Stay Higher, for a Longer period of time
And so placing the implant behind the muscle really gives the implant sort of an extra – I call it like an internal support bra. It actually holds the implant up over time. And keeps the implant from falling or sagging sooner. And so that’s a major plus for putting the implant behind the muscle.
Another thought about that is that there has been some thought in the plastic surgery community as to perhaps placing the implant behind the muscle could decrease the risk of a hard scar capsule called a capsular contracture forming around the implant. There are some studies that seem to say yes, there are some studies that seem to say no, so I think the jury is still out on that one. So I wouldn’t necessarily make a decision solely based on that.
But in many cases I have found that simply that internal bra support is a really beneficial factor for placing the implant behind the muscle. And so many times I end up recommending behind the muscle for that reason. That may or may not be right for you.
Dr. Ortega can better advise you during your breast augmentation consult
When you come in for your consult with me, we’ll talk about your preferences and then I can help advise what might be right for you.