Planning Your Bust Enhancement

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S can help determine which method of breast implant placement will best meet your goals. Our practice provides both subglandular placement (placement of the implant below the breast tissue) and submuscular placement (placement of the implant below the pectoral muscle). Both methods have exclusive advantages, and Dr. Greenberg will take careful note of your goals and concerns to determine whether submuscular or subglandular implant placement  will help you achieve the bust line you desire. To learn more about these methods of breast implant placement, contact our practice serving Manhattan, Woodbury, Long Island, The Hamptons, and Boca Raton, FL.

Subglandular Implant Placement

Subglandular implants are placed above the pectoral muscle, but below the breast tissue. Many women choose this option because it creates a more dramatic enhancement, giving the breasts a size and contour that provide ample cleavage. Women whose breasts are naturally far apart often choose subglandular placement as a way to bring the breasts closer together when wearing low-cut clothing. Subglandular placement is also a popular choice among athletic or active women, because it won’t affect their muscles. Submuscular implants can shift and look unnatural when the pectoral muscles are flexed.

On the other hand, subglandular implants are more likely to eventually develop capsular contracture, a condition in which the scar tissue that naturally develops around the implant becomes excessively tight. This can eventually cause the implant to take on a distorted and unnatural shape, or to rupture.

Submuscular Implant Placement

A submuscular implant is placed below the pectoral muscle. Submuscular placement is frequently chosen when a women wishes to achieve a more subtle enhancement. This choice is particularly effective for women who have naturally small breasts, or who have especially thin or small frames. Submuscular placement is also more effective at concealing any rippling that may occur in the implant.

The recovery time involved in placing a submuscular implant was once considered a disadvantage, but new techniques employed at our practice have made this a much less relevant factor. Through traditional means, submuscular breast implant placement involved a longer, more painful recovery time than an augmentation based on subglandular placement. Dr. Greenberg now offers breast augmentation surgery that involves a 24-hour recovery period following either placement option. This is made possible using the “mini-incision” approach to create the “pocket,” or area within the breast that will hold the breast implant. This approach sets the stage for much faster recovery than is usually required with a traditional approach.

If you are considering breast augmentation, the surest way to determine which method of breast implant placement is best suited to your needs and goals is to schedule an in-depth consultation with a reputable, credentialed cosmetic surgeon.

Learn More about Breast Implant Placement

Our Long Island practice will take plenty of time to educate you about the many different variables in breast augmentation surgery. To learn more about how we can personalize this surgery to achieve your goals, please contact us today.