Breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. While it produces immediate and dramatic alterations in breast size and shape, it is a procedure that does not immediately present complications until after breast implants have been in place. One of the choices patients are faced with is whether their breast implants should be placed over or under the breast muscle. Surely they would love to learn more beforehand, which is why your consultation with a board certified cosmetic surgeon New York, is important. To help you in your quest we will share some of the details about the way breast implants will conform to your body depending on how they are placed.

Breast Implants New York

After you have made the decision to undergo breast augmentation the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation to review your options. Breast implants are designed to enhance the shape, size, and volume for a female patient’s feminine physique. Every patient’s goal is different, but your body image is important to us. Additionally, it is important to review your options for the type of breast implant to be used for surgery, as well as the location of the surgical incisions. Equally important is reviewing your options for breast implant placement.

Differences in Breast Implant Placement

Breast implants placed over or under the pectoralis muscle depends on a number of factors that varies from patient to patient. Depending on the patient’s anatomy, age, vocation will determine how their body will conform to breast implants. There are only two options and both serve important purposes. In women with very little breast tissue they may benefit from having breast implants placed under the muscle (Submuscular) so the implants will look as natural as possible.

In the other respect of breast implants placement, the chest muscle will not be affected if the breast implants are placed over the chesty muscles (Subglandular). When breast implants are placed under the muscle, when flexed, the muscles may press down on the breast implants and change its shape by flattening or moving slightly upward. So patients with larger pectoral muscles will benefit from having the implants placed on top rather than underneath, which may not appear as natural as patients would like, but this would be the most comfortable option.

The amount of natural breast tissue is an important factor when deciding on breast implant placement. A patient with more breast tissue will be able to have breast implants that will more likely to assimilate naturally with the look and feel of the breasts. Still if there is not enough breast tissue then the only option may be to go on top of the pectoralis muscle to be able to fit into clothing better.

In regards to preference, your cosmetic surgeon must be experienced in both options, because every person’s body is different. Overall, patient satisfaction is one of the commonly expressed factors that make breast augmentation the most popular cosmetic surgery. As per a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 98 percent of women reported their results exceeded or met their expectations, 85 percent felt that the new breast size was perfect and 92 percent reported an improvement in self-esteem after breast augmentation.

Learn More about Your Options for Breast Implants New York

The bottom line is that placement of breast implants will vary. Patients with more breast tissue who use silicone breast implants may have the option to go on top of the muscle to achieve the most natural results. If your cosmetic surgeon agrees that the breast implants under the muscle can be supported naturally then that may also appear and feel natural in the end. Contact our breast augmentation specialist at our New York office by calling (212) 535-2300