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Which Breast Implant Placement Provides the Most Natural Appearance?


In addition to choosing the right implants and selecting the ideal incision location, another important decision that needs to be made in regard to breast augmentation is where the implants should be placed to achieve the most natural-looking results. Though this decision will ultimately depend on each individual’s needs and preferences, the following information is a general rule of thumb when it comes to the positioning of breast implants.

For qualified patients, implants placed directly behind the breast tissue (in front of the pectoral muscle) can often produce excellent results. Along with improved implant mobility, a key benefit of this implant position can include a relatively shorter, more comfortable healing period since the chest muscle is left intact during surgery. That said, the downside of this technique is that the patient must have a sufficient amount of skin and/or tissue to cover the implant to be deemed a good candidate. Without enough soft tissue coverage, the breast implants could be noticeably apparent, and the risk of any potential rippling becoming visible significantly increases.

For patients who have an ample amount of skin and tissue in the breasts, placing implants behind the chest muscle can usually create an exceptionally natural-looking outcome. Chief benefits of this implant position can include increased soft tissue coverage, a reduced risk of visible rippling and/or certain other issues (such as capsular contracture), and enhanced support for the weight of each implant. Furthermore, since the exterior tissues of the breasts are less obstructed when the implant is located beneath the muscle, the accuracy of mammograms can often be improved.

In the end, there are advantages and disadvantages to each implant location, all of which can be discussed with you in complete detail at the time of your consultation at The Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery. If you have any additional questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment at our practice, please feel free to contact us today.

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