Prior to a breast augmentation, you’ll meet with Dr. Ortiz, our board-certified plastic surgeon in Raleigh, to discuss the procedure. During this consultation, you’ll discuss your current concerns with your breasts as well as your goals for how you want to look following the procedure. In addition to this, Dr. Ortiz will explain the options for the best incision placement to minimize scarring while getting you the best results as well as choosing which implant shape is right for how you want your breasts to look following the procedure. Additionally, breast implant placement can be subglandular or submuscular, and Dr. Ortiz will discuss with you which option is best for your recovery, short-term appearance, and long-term appearance.
Just under the skin of the breast, a woman has adipose tissue and mammary ducts. Beneath that layer is a layer of pectoralis major muscle. During a breast augmentation, a small incision is made, usually, in the crease under the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit, and the implant can be inserted in one of two locations:
Submuscular (also known as Subpectoral) implant placement is somewhat misleading. The fan-shaped muscle is detached from bottom along the ribs, and the implant is placed underneath. However, the pectoralis major is a short muscle, and a submuscular implant placement only covers the top half of the implant. The bottom part of the implant is only covered by breast tissue.
Breast implants can also be placed over top of the pectoralis major and below the mammary glands, and this placement is referred to as subglandular or “over-the-muscle.”
Without sitting down with Dr. Ortiz during a consultation, you won’t know which placement is right for you, but some factors that help determine the right option include:
Dr. Ortiz has completed hundreds of breast augmentation procedures and will be able to determine the best option to get the best results both in the short term and long term.
If you are ready to feel confident in the body of your dreams, we are here to help! Dr. Ortiz is dedicated to empowering patients by providing in-depth consultations where he will answer your questions, address concerns, and will provide personalized guidance and insight to help you make the right decisions. To schedule your personalized consultation, give us a call at 919-532-2270 or complete our contact form below.