Breast Implant Placement Options

Wondering what your choices are for breast implant placement? Your plastic surgeon will tell you which placement they recommend, but it’s a good idea to be informed on your own, as well. There are three main placement options. Below you will find a few pros and cons of each. Click on each option for extensive detail!

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

Pros

  • Shorter recovery time
  • Accommodates larger implants
  • Allows for creation of 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 July 2016

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