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How to Choose the Right Breast Implant Placement

Breast Implant Placement

Breast implant placement can be difficult to decide on. And the truth is, you need your chosen surgeon’s expertise to help you make the right decision for your breast augmentation.

Still, understanding breast implant placement is key as a patient too. The more you know about how your implants will be placed on your chest, the better you will understand the overall augmentation process. And patients who are well-versed in the details of their cosmetic procedure tend to profit from better outcomes overall.

So, let’s dive right in. Here’s everything you need to know about the various types of breast implant placement and each one’s benefits and drawbacks.

Breast Implant Placement Options: An Overview

When it comes to breast implant surgery, choosing the right implant placement is a crucial decision. There are two primary options: submuscular breast implant placement (implants under the muscle) and subglandular breast implant placement (implants under the breast glands and above the pectoralis major muscle).

Let’s explore both choices to help you make an informed decision. But first — what key factors influence the placement of breast implants?

Key Factors Influencing Breast Implant Placement Options

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement

Body Type and Anatomy. For individuals with minimal breast tissue or a narrow chest, submuscular placement may be recommended to provide more coverage and a natural look.

Desired Outcome. If you want a more natural appearance, submuscular placement can help achieve this. Subglandular placement may be suitable for those seeking more projection and fullness.

Existing Breast Tissue. The amount of skin and breast tissue you have can influence your choice. Sub muscle implants can be beneficial for those with less breast tissue, as it helps conceal the implant and reduces the risk of visible rippling.

Implant Type and Size. Larger implants or those with a higher profile may be better suited to subglandular placement, while smaller implants may work better with submuscular placement.

Recovery Time. Consider the amount of time you can dedicate to breast augmentation recovery. Submuscular placement may require a slightly longer recovery period due to the involvement of the chest muscles.

Submuscular Breast Implant Placement

Submuscular placement involves positioning the breast implant beneath the chest muscle. Here’s what you need to know:


Submuscular placement often provides a more natural look as the pectoralis major muscle helps to cover and support the implant. It may also reduce the risk of visible rippling or wrinkling, as well as capsular contracture.


This placement may result in more initial discomfort and a slightly longer recovery period. It can also affect muscle function temporarily, causing some weakness or tightness in the chest.

Subglandular Breast Implant Placement

Subglandular placement, on the other hand, places the breast implant behind the breast tissue and above the muscle. Let’s look at the details:


Subglandular placement generally leads to a quicker and less painful recovery as it doesn’t involve the chest muscle. It may also result in a more straightforward surgical procedure.


While the recovery may be easier, some women may experience a slightly higher risk of visible rippling, especially if they have limited natural breast tissue.

FAQ: Breast Augmentation and Implant Placement

Breast Implant Placement Options

How painful is submuscular breast augmentation?

Submuscular breast augmentation (implants placed below the chest muscle) will be accompanied by some discomfort — as is the case with all breast augmentation surgeries. Pain levels can vary from person to person. Most patients experience mild to moderate pain and tightness in the chest for the first few days after surgery. However, this discomfort is typically manageable with prescribed pain medication and should improve quickly.

How do I choose the right implant size for me?

Implant size depends on your body frame, goals, and surgeon’s recommendations. During your consultation, your surgeon will consider factors like your chest width, existing breast tissue, and desired cup size. They will help you choose between saline implants and silicone implants and assist you in selecting a size that complements your body while achieving your aesthetic goals.

What is the recovery process like after breast augmentation surgery?

Recovery varies from person to person, but generally, you can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising for the first week or two. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks and follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions diligently. Most patients can return to normal daily activities within a few weeks.

Are breast implants safe?

Breast implants are safe, but they are not considered permanent. They have a lifespan, typically around 10-15 years, after which they may need to be replaced due to wear and tear or changes in your body. Regular follow-up appointments with your doctors and plastic surgeon are essential to monitor the condition of your implants and your overall health.

What does breast augmentation surgery cost?

Each person’s breast augmentation price will vary according to the specifics of their procedure. For example, patients who opt for an augmentation and breast lift or an augmentation with breast fat transfer will ultimately pay more for their surgery than someone who undergoes an augmentation only. Mommy makeovers with breast implants are typically more expensive as well. Likewise, price will vary based on the expertise level and geographic location of your surgeon, what type of anesthesia you have, and what specific implants you choose.

Book Your Consultation Today

Are you thinking about breast augmentation and curious about the best implant placement for your anatomy and goals? Contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham.

Dr. Ramanadham has many years of experience performing breast augmentation and would be happy to help you find the ideal implants and placement for you and your desired look. Together, you will discuss details about cost and recovery, take a look at breast augmentation before and after photos, and develop a plan for surgery. Call us today to schedule your in-person appointment.


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