Breast enhancement surgery is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in women and mostly it is performed by inserting implants in the breasts. The purpose of this surgery is to enhance and improve the size and shape of breasts. There are various types of implants differing in sizes and shapes and the technique used for the placement of implants also differs from woman to woman depending on the requirements. The outcomes of the procedure greatly depend on the size, shape and placement of implants. Here you will come to know how these issues differ and what their impact on the surgery is.
Before knowing about the placement of implants, let’s know about the types of implants. There are various types of implants varying in sizes and shapes but saline implants and silicone gel implants are most commonly used.
Saline implants are made up of silicone shells filled with sterilized saline solution. According to most women saline implants don’t look natural but if they leak woman comes to know about it due to flattening as saline solution dissolves in body fluid.
Silicone gel implants are made up of silicone shell filled with silicone gel. Silicone implants give more natural looking results but they pose more risk in case of rupture or leakage because the gel accumulates in the tissues and do not dissolve causing flattening.
When it comes to the shape of implants, implants come in tear shape and round shape and it depends on your surgeon to select the shape that is best suitable for you. On the basis of placement of breast implants, three methods are in use. These methods are given below.
Sub-glandular placement of implants:
In this method of placement of implants, implants are placed above the pectoral muscles beneath breast tissues. Some facts associated with such type of placement are given below.
- This type of breast implants placement is less painful.
- Patient recovers speedily after surgery.
- It shows the final results quickly.
- Implants become more visible.
- There is higher risk of rippling and capsular contracture (hardening of breast implants).
Sub-muscular placement of implants:
In this type of placement of breast implants, implants are placed below pectoral muscles. Some important facts about sub-muscular placement are given below.
- Implants give more natural looking appearance.
- There is low risk of capsular contracture that is hardening of breast implants.
- Causes little bit more pain during recovery.
- Breast implants require more time to get their final position and shape in sub muscular placement.
Partial sub-muscular placement of implants:
In this type of placement, breast implants are placed below the muscles but not completely. The lower half of implants is not covered with muscles and are placed beneath top two third of pectoral muscles.