Beginning the process of getting a breast augmentation is a little like opening Pandora’s Box: you’ll often discover more questions than answers. One of the most difficult and confusing decisions for our patients is about breast implant placement. This decision has massive implications for the procedure, the recovery period, and also for the appearance of your breast augmentation. Knoxville women will spend a great deal of time discussing implant placement with Dr. Hall during their consultations. We wanted to write up a quick blog post about it to give our patients a “head start” as they prepare for their meetings with Dr. Hall. Give us a call today at (865) 973-9500.
Now, when you call our offices, you’ll always be greeted by one of our friendly and incredibly helpful staff. We love hearing from new Knoxville patients and getting to know you is one of our favorite things. We can talk with you about your concerns and answer most of your questions. From there, the next step is to schedule a time for you to meet with Dr. Hall to talk in-person about the procedure. Some of the things you’ll discuss with him are your goals for the procedure, your fears and concerns, and all of the questions that you might have. Dr. Hall will always talk honestly and openly with you. He’ll also perform an examination so that he can start to make recommendations and develop your unique treatment plan. We would love to learn more about you and to help you move forward so contact us today.
What is Breast Implant Placement?
One of the many decisions that our patients make with Dr. Hall is the placement of their breast implants. Knoxville patients have two different options: under the muscle and over the muscle. The “muscle” in this case is the chest muscle (pectoralis major). There are several factors that determine which placement is best for you.
- Over the muscle – When the implant is placed on top of the chest muscle, it is called “sub-glandular” because it is under the breast tissue. Some of the advantages to this include: faster recovery and less postoperative discomfort (because the muscle is not touched), more cleavage, and the implants don’t distort when the chest muscle is flexed.
- Under the muscle – This technique is called “sub-muscular, ” and it also has several advantages: implants tend to look more natural (because more tissue is covering them), there is less “rippling” at the edges (especially with saline implants), less risk of the implant bottoming out.
One of the primary considerations for where to place the implants is the amount of breast tissue available to the patient. In patients that have lots of available breast tissue, over the muscle placement is preferred for the breast implants. Knoxville patients that don’t have a lot of breast tissue may get better results with under the muscle placement because it gives a more natural look.
Now, we won’t go into detail here about the disadvantages of each method for placing breast augmentation implants. Knoxville patients will need to discuss those further with Dr. Hall during their consultations.
Call us today at (865) 973-9500 to get started or to ask us any of your questions.