Breast Implant Placement Options

Wondering what types of implant placements there are? Your plastic surgeon will tell you which placement they recommend, but do your own research as well. There are three main placement options. Click on each option below for the pros and cons of each.

Over the Muscle - in front of the muscle, and behind the breast tissue.

Pros

  • Shorter recovery time
  • Accommodates larger implants
  • Allows natural cleavage

Cons

  • Rippling more visible
  • May have an unnatural look

Partial Submuscular - implant is located beneath the top 2/3 of the pectoral (chest muscle).

Pros

  • Low risk of rippling
  • Low risk of capsular contracture
  • More visible mammograms

Cons

  • Longer recovery time
  • More discomfort in recovery

Complete Submuscular - implant is completely behind the pectoral muscle.

Pros

  • Lowest risk of rippling
  • Lower risk of capsular contracture
  • More visible mammograms

Cons

  • Longer recovery time
  • Longer time to settle
  • Implant size limited

Updated May 2017

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