Breast Implant Position
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Sub-Muscular (‘under the muscle’)
The implant is placed behind the pectoral muscle.
The advantages of the Sub-Muscular position include:
- It creates a more natural appearance because the muscle provides additional coverage over the edges of the implant and thereby helps to avoid a ‘stuck-on’ look and visible ‘step’ along the upper edge of the implant that could occur if the implant was ‘in front of the muscle’ in those with thin tissue coverage.
- There is less chance of Capsular Contracture – the commonest reason for repeat surgery.
- There is less chance of any Rippling/Wrinkling of the implant being visible.
- There is less interference with Mammograms.
- There is less chance of interference with future breast feeding.
- The implants are further away from the breast tissue and are therefore less likely to be involved in any breast diseases or be damaged during any fine needle biopsy of a breast lump.
Pre-Pectoral (‘in front of the muscle’) – sometimes called Sub-Glandular
It is preferred to the sub-muscular position:
- In those with impending or mild sagging of the breasts, constricted lower breast poles and Tuberous Breasts.
- In those engaged in heavy, repetitive pectoral muscle exercises e.g. body builders, weight lifters.
However, it is not a good option for those women with thin chest wall tissues as the insufficient coverage of the implant edges would create an unflattering ‘stuck-on’ appearance.
Sub-Fascial (‘in front of the muscle’ but ‘under its sheath’)
‘Dual Plane’ Placement
- The upper half of the implant is placed ‘under the muscle’ to help hide any ‘step’ along the implant’s upper edge that could occur if the implant was entirely ‘in front of the muscle’
- The lower half of the implant is in direct contact with the breast to provide ‘fill’ and ‘lift’.
- This implant position is preferred in special situations such as mild sagging, constricted lower poles and Tuberous Breasts when there is insufficient chest wall tissue coverage to allow the implant to be placed entirely ‘in front of the muscle’.
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Round Silicone Breast Implants
Available in either Smooth or Textured Implant Surfaces
Preferred by those wanting a fuller upper breast ‘look’ or those with significant loss of upper breast volume after pregnancy or major weight loss.
Teardrop Silicone Breast Implants
For breasts that look natural in shape and not ‘stuck-on’!
An implant shape to deliver a natural, straight-line drape of skin from collarbone to nipple instead of a ‘stuck-on look’ that can occur with some Round Implants.
Asian Breast Augmentation
Special considerations are essential in Asian Breast Augmentation!
For optimal results, special considerations in terms of implant type, shape, size and surgical technique are essential in Asian Breast Augmentation.
Trans-Axillary Breast Augmentation
Avoids a tell-tale scar anywhere on, or under, the breasts!
The ‘Armpit Approach’ involves inserting an implant through a small incision in a skin crease of the armpit – thus avoiding a scar anywhere on, or under, the breast.
Dual Plane Breast Augmentation
To correct early sagging at the same time!
Our preferred implant placement when there is only mild sagging but not enough to warrant the more invasive ‘lift’ surgery techniques.