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Subglandular Placement of Breast Implants in Chicago, IL

Determining the appropriate placement for your breast implant is crucial to get the results you need and want for your breast augmentation surgery or your breast revision surgery. Breast implant placement is often dependent on the shape and build of the breast implants you aspire to have, in addition to your lifestyle.

Are you a model who will be showing off her breasts and therefore need them to look as authentic and natural as possible? Are you highly active in the fitness world? 

These are some of the questions patients should ask themselves before fully deciding on which placement they need. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Schlechter is the most trusted way of gaining information regarding the placement type that will be most comfortable, safe, and satisfying.

There are two main placement options: submuscular and subglandular.

What Is Subglandular Placement?

Subglandular placement of breast implants, also known as “over-the-muscle” placement, requires a pocket to be made behind the breast glands that allow the implant to sit entirely on top of the pectoral muscle. There are many advantages to this placement.

One of these advantages is that there is no interference with the function of the chest muscles, allowing highly active patients the ability to workout or commit to labor-intensive tasks without concern. Additionally, the placement of the implant lies below the gland of the breast, likely enabling the patient to breastfeed in the future without disruption to the mammary glands.

Patients can also find that recovery is more favorable than the submuscular technique as the subglandular method is less invasive, giving patients less discomfort and faster recovery time.

How Is Subglandular Placement Different Than Submuscular Placement?

One disadvantage to the subglandular approach in comparison to the submuscular technique is its tendency to look more artificial than the submuscular placement of the breast implant. However, with the advancement of unique implant materials and textures such as gel implants, the right choice of the implant can reduce rippling for a more natural and authentic appearance. Surgeons have more tools to their disposal than ever before to offset any unnatural-looking features of the subglandular method.

It is necessary to sit down with your doctor to gain a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of each position type. As our society becomes more fitness-oriented, more women are becoming active with their upper body, making the “over-the-muscle” more appealing.

Both the subglandular and submuscular will be discussed during your consultation.

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Want to Know More About Subglandular Breast Implant Placement in Chicago?

Dr. Schlechter is proud to actively engage with his patients to find the most promising placement choice for their needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (847) 393-4770 or fill out our contact form.