Sub muscular Breast Implants – Are They Smaller Than Sub glandular Implants?

Sub muscular placement of breast implants is a popular choice amongst women opting to undergo this surgery. However some women worry if their chosen implant may look smaller if placed under the muscle. To clear this doubt, take a look at the benefits of submuscular placement and some tips that make you feel confident about reaching the expected results after a Houston breast augmentation surgery.

The procedure

Your chest muscles are actually rather dense; so it is quite natural for you to think that placing breast implants behind the muscular wall can lead to a more flattened appearance when compared to implants that are placed on top of the muscle.

However in reality, the tissues that surround the implant are initially quite tight. These muscles start to gradually relax with the healing process wherein the pressure on the implants starts easing up.

This part of the breast implant surgery generally occurs over the first few months after the surgery, and is called ‘dropping and fluffing’. This is when the implants are still covered by muscle and breast tissue.

To compensate for the potential of this compression, plastic surgeons slightly adjust the implant volume to a little higher. This increased amount is not much of an increase actually; at the most it is about 30 to 50 ccs of increase, and depends on factors like your appearance goals, frame and if saline or silicone breast implants are used during the surgery.

Benefits of sub muscular breast implants

The greatest benefit of sub muscular breast implants is that the probability of these implants being visible or palpable is greatly reduced. Moreover, the additional layers of natural anatomical tissue here not only ensure the implant is completely covered but also minimizes the probability of wrinkles forming and any distortion of the implant shell.

Moreover, the surrounding muscles provide long-term support to the implants when compared to sub-glandular implant placement. This is because the implants placed under the chest muscles tend to ‘ride higher’ and with the additional support of the pectoralis muscles, the muscles tend to age better than sub glandular implants.

This, however, does not guarantee that there will not by any sagging of the original breast tissue on top of the implant. Another benefit of sub muscular breast implants is that these implants experience a lower incidence of capsular contractions than sub glandular implants.

Last, but not least, the under the muscle placement procedure separates the breast glands and tissues visualized during a mammography screening. This thus provides for clearer views during breast cancer screening and a lower chance of any complications occurring to taint test results.

Surgeons who specialize in breast augmentation keep all this in mind so that they can help you achieve the curves you are looking for after the breast implant surgery.

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