A plastic surgeon has several options regarding implant placement in a breast augmentation:
- Below the tissue of your breast and above the muscle in your chest.
- Below the breast tissue and partially covered by the muscle. You may have heard this surgery promoted as a sub-muscular, sub-pectoral, or dual-plane breast augmentation.
- Below the breast tissue, underneath the chest muscles.
Dr. Schwartz almost exclusively recommends this last option for his Dallas patients. Through his years in practice, he's found that a breast augmentation below the muscle offers patients the best appearance and important long-term benefits. Explore three advantages below.
1: A More Natural-Looking Breast Augmentation
Tissue and muscle provide "padding" around your implants. This gives your breasts a more natural appearance, and it creates a better transition between your breasts and your chest. Relying only on the breast tissue—and not the muscle—will give patients a certain degree of padding, but Dallas women who go this route are often unhappy with the outcome. Too frequently, they end up looking like someone cut a ball in half and stuck the two pieces to their chest. Their breasts protrude unnaturally instead of flowing gracefully with their body's contour. When Dr. Schwartz performs a breast augmentation below the tissue and the muscle, his patients get as much as an additional centimeter in padding. This helps cover the edges of the implant completely, produces a soft transition between the breasts and the chest, and creates natural-looking, prettier-looking breasts.
2: Prevent Sagging After Your Breast Augmentation
If your implants are placed over your chest muscle, your breast tissue will be solely responsible for supporting the implants and keeping them in place. Unfortunately, this tissue tends to weaken over time, which can cause your breasts to sag under the weight of the implants. Dr. Schwartz wants you to enjoy the results of your breast augmentation for a long time. When he places the implant below the chest muscle, it acts like an internal bra, giving you much more support. Dallas patients who choose this approach can expect perky, full, and youthful breasts for years to come.
3: Better Accuracy When Having a Mammogram
If you're in your twenties, you may not be thinking about your medical needs down the road. As you get older, however, your doctor may advise you to get regular mammograms and cancer screenings. Make sure that you can have a complete examination when that time comes. An implant that is placed above the muscle can prevent your mammographer from obtaining a proper mammogram. Dallas patients who have a breast augmentation below the muscle don't have this problem, which makes it a better option for preventative care and early detection. During your initial consultation with Dr. Schwartz, he will take the time to understand your goals and to perform a comprehensive evaluation. Based on his examination, he can determine whether you, like most of his patients, will benefit from an under-the-muscle implant placement, and he will answer any questions you have about this or other aspects of the procedure. Learn more about Dr. Schwartz's approach to breast augmentation.