Your breast implants may be placed either partially under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular) or on top of the muscle and directly beneath the breast (subglandular).
When breast implants are placed subglandularly, it can make your breast augmentation surgery shorter and reduce the recovery time.
Possible disadvantages could be having your implant edges more visibly noticeable under your skin. Also, imaging during mammography may be more difficult when your breast implants are placed subglandularly.
Placing breast implants submuscularly may provide you with a more youthful-looking breast for a longer time, may reduce the chances of your breast implants being felt through your skin, and it may help reduce the chance of scar tissue hardening around your implant (capsular contracture). It will also make it easier to image your breasts during mammography.
However, two possible disadvantages of this placement choice are a longer surgery and recovery time.
Dr. Niessen can talk with you about how both placement options relate to your individual needs, so that you can make a decision about which option is right for you.