• Where should breast implant be placed above or beneath the muscle? Shapiro Plastic Surgery

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    Dr. Shapiro is a board certified plastic surgeon who has practiced in the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley area since 1992. According Dr. Shapiro, patients are often curious about the difference between placing breast implants above the muscle (subglandular placement) or beneath the muscle (submuscular placement), and how the decision is made. This decision is made for different reasons.

    Dr. Shapiro says that most plastic surgeons, himself included, prefer to place breast implants below the muscle during breast augmentation surgery because it produces a smoother contour in terms of seeing the implant. The capsular contracture rate, in which the hard scar tissue forms a capsule around the breast implant, is lower. Dr. Shapiro says rippling is also less likely to occur when the implant is placed below the muscle. Submuscular placement of the implant increases the "padding" over the implant for better coverage and camouflage and, in many cases, a more natural appearance.

    He says there are some cases in which it is better to place breast implants above the muscle. This includes women who have droopiness of the breast and does not want a breast lift. There are also some types of breast implants available today that have more projection than others, so often times a high profile implant or even a teardrop-shaped implant can be placed above the muscle to give a more natural appearance to women with droopiness and do not want a lift. Because the risk of capsular contracture is higher when the implant is placed above the muscle, Dr. Shapiro uses textured silicone or saline implants.

    The other type of person who is a good candidate for implants above the muscle are those who are very fit with very highly developed pectoral muscles, such as body builders. In this case, the breasts could appear unnatural with a visible implant shape.

    There are also some breast shapes better suited to subglandular or over the muscle placement. This includes women whose breasts were at one time much longer than they currently are, as a large volume decrease with little shrinkage in the size of the skin leaves an empty space.

    Dr. Shapiro stresses that there is nothing wrong with having implants above the muscle, and every case is different. To determine which option is best for you, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who is very experienced with breast augmentation surgery.

    For more information about finding the right surgeon to perform your breast procedure you can contact us by visiting our site http://www.shapiroplasticsu... or contact us using the information below.

    Scottsdale breast augmentation

    Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic
    5410 N. Scottsdale Rd. Building F-100
    Scottsdale, AZ 85253
    Phone: (480)-451-1700

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