Submuscular Vs. Subglandular Placement For Breast Augmentation: What's The Difference?

Breast augmentation is a surgery that increases the size of your breasts using an implant filled with silicone or saline. One of the decisions you'll have to make when you're considering the procedure is where to have the implant placed. A submuscular implant is placed below the muscles in your chest, and a subglandular implant is placed above your chest muscles and directly underneath your breast. Which option is best for you depends mainly on your body type and activity level. To learn about the pros and cons of each approach to breast augmentation, read on. 

Submuscular Breast Augmentation

Placing the implant above your chest muscles helps provide it with more support, and it also makes the implant less visible. If you don't have much natural breast tissue, placing the implant above the chest muscle can lead to its shape becoming more pronounced, which can cause your breasts to look unnatural. Saline implants placed above your chest muscles can also visibly ripple when you're being physically active, since the saline inside the capsule will move around. A submuscular placement covers the implant with more tissue, which helps hide the shape of the implant and make your breasts look more natural.

Unfortunately, a submuscular implant can limit your physical activity. If you lift weights, you'll have to talk to your cosmetic surgeon about what activities you'll be able to perform after having the surgery. Working out your chest muscles and making them larger will thicken your chest, and this can push your implants towards the sides of your body. In addition, recovering from a submuscular breast augmentation takes longer than recovering from subglandular surgery, since the operation requires cutting through muscle in order to create a pocket to place the implant in.

Subglandular Breast Augmentation

A subglandular operation has the benefit of a quicker recovery time, since the operation is less invasive. It also doesn't limit your physical activity in the same way, since a subglandular implant doesn't move around as much when you're working out. Another advantage is that the increase in breast size is typically more dramatic with a subglandular implant, as the fact that it's above your muscle pushes your natural breast tissue farther forwards. This changes the shape of your breasts more than with a submuscular implant, which is more subdued.

One downside of subglandular placement is that it carries a higher risk of capsular contraction. This occurs when scar tissue forms next to the implant and starts to push on it, which can shift the position of the implant and cause pain. Capsular contraction usually requires surgery in order to correct, and it's less common with a submuscular implant.

Overall, submuscular placement is often the better option for breast augmentation. The results tend to look more natural due to the fact that the implant is hidden deeper beneath your breast, which helps obscure its shape. If you're physically active, however, then the fact that a submuscular implant limits what workouts you can perform may make a subglandular implant a better option. When you're talking with your cosmetic surgeon about breast augmentation, make sure you ask questions about limits on physical activity as well as the differences in recovery times after the procedure, as this will help you make the best decision.

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After my wife mentioned that liposuction might help me to get rid of fat from a few areas of my body, I realized that she might be right. Instead of ignoring my health issues and trying to squeeze into my same old pair of pants, I decided that it might be smart to see what I could do about getting cosmetic surgery. I was able to find an excellent surgeon in my area who could do the procedure, and I was really impressed with his credentials. My surgery was a success, and I want other people to know how much cosmetic surgery can do for them.