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There are four main positions or locations into which breast implants can be placed. Each position comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, and there’s no one size fits all. The position that you choose to insert your implant in will depend on a wide variety of factors, including your lifestyle, the unique characteristics of your breasts, your preferred look, and chosen implants.

  1. Sub-Muscular

This particular position is used when the implant is inserted behind the pectoral muscle.

Here are some of the advantages of placing an implant in the sub-muscular position:

  • It comes with a decreased risk of wrinkling or rippling over time
  • It’s less likely to interfere with your Mammograms
  • It comes with a reduced risk of capsular contracture
  • It gives you a natural look, thanks to the extra tissue coverage provided by the muscle wrapped around the implant
  • It’s less likely to interfere with breastfeeding
  • The implants are less likely to be damaged or fragmented when placed in this position
  • It most likely won’t contribute to any future breast sagging

 

  1. Sub-Glandular

Also referred to as pre-pectoral, the sub-glandular position is used when the implant is inserted directly under the breast tissue. This position is recommended for women who are starting to experience the on-set of sagging breasts, and also for female athletes who are constantly engaged in exercises that require a repetitive movement of the pectoral muscles.

That said, this type of positioning is definitely not recommended for thin-chested women, as the lack of chest tissue will lead to obvious visibility of the implant.

  1. Sub-Fascial

In this case, the implant is not only positioned under the sheath of the muscle but also in front of it. It’s more of a variation of the sub-glandular position, so it has the same pros and cons.

  1. Dual Plane Placement

As the name implies, in a dual plane placement, the implant is split in half and placed in two different positions, with one half placed under the muscle and the other half placed in direct contact with the lower breast.

To explain: The implant’s upper half is inserted under the muscle and this effectively conceals the upper edge of the implant where the ‘ridge’ would be situated if the whole implant was inserted in front of the breast’s muscle.

Furthermore, the other half of the implant is then inserted directly in contact with the breast in order to provide that added lift and volume without giving away the fact that there’s an implant underneath.

This particular position is mostly recommended for patients that are experiencing mild sagging, or those with ‘tuberous breasts’ that are shaped in a way that doesn’t allow for the entire implant to be inserted in front of the muscle. In the latter case, a dual plane placement is suggested in order to prevent the implant from blatantly sticking out as it would if it was inserted in its entirety.

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