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Breast Augmentation Placement Options

Posted February 01, 2013 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Enhancement, Breast Implants

woman naked facing back towards cameraBreast augmentation surgery is an excellent option to consider if you want to enhance the curves and contours of your bustline. Doing this can actually have a dramatic impact on your overall figure, accentuating all of your features. There are a number of different factors to take into account if a San Francisco plastic surgeon wants to make patients look their best, and these factors are more involved than just choosing the size of the breast implants. The placement of the breast implants in the patient’s chest is just as important to take into account. We’d like to take a moment right now to look at the basics of breast augmentation placement so you understand what this involves.

What does breast implant placement refer to?

Breast implant placement refers to the way that a surgeon places breast implants relative to the existing structures in the patient’s breast pocket, namely the pectoral muscle and the mammary gland. In a natural breast, the mammary gland is the soft tissue above the pectoral muscle.

Some people wonder how much this matters regarding the overall appearance of the surgery, and the fact is that breast implant placement can make a major difference when it comes to the final results. During your consultation at our cosmetic surgery centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, we will be sure to keep these matters in mind as we determine the best treatment plan for you.

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement

One option for surgery is submuscular breast implant placement. In this type of San Francisco breast augmentation surgery, the breast implant is placed beneath the pectoral muscle.

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

The other options for surgery is subglandular breast implant placement. In this type of surgery, the breast implant is placed above the pectoral muscle but beneath the mammary gland.

Surgical Incision Methods and Breast Implants

In addition to these options for breast implant placement, there is the matter of incisions to keep in mind. There are numerous incision options for breast enhancement surgery, some of which include:

  • Inframammary Incisions – These incisions for breast implant placement are made on the underside of the breasts along the crease where the breasts meet the chest.
  • Periareolar Incisions – These incisions for breast implant placement are made around the areolas.
  • Transaxillary Incisions – These incisions for breast implant placement are made in the patient’s armpit.
  • Transumbilical Incisions (TUBA) – These incisions for breast implant placement are made in the patient’s belly button.

These incision methods can affect the placement of the breast implant relative to the mammary gland and pectoral muscle, as can the composition of the breast implants themselves.

Making the Best Decision for You and Your Needs

Since there are so many factors that go into placing breast implants and ensuring the best possible appearance of the patient, it’s important that you meet with a skilled San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California plastic surgeon for a consultation. All of these options can be discussed at length so that you can make the best decision regarding your needs and goals.

Learn More About Advanced Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

For more information about breast augmentation surgery and the many other options available for aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our Davis, Petaluma, and Greenbrae cosmetic surgery centers today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and making sure you get all the information you need to make an empowered decision.

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