Information about Breast Augmentation and Implant Choices
Breast Implant Placement
Below the muscle was an extremely popular method of insertion although now has reduced in popularity as many feel the complications can be higher and the recovery slower.
The dual plane technique, which is simply placing the implant half above the muscle and half below the muscle has taken over in popularity and in clinics. This method can take longer and some of the discount clinics do not offer this as they are time poor and perform the procedure in a production line method.
Above the muscle has made a major recovery in popularity and some surgeons only offer this method as it is less painful, has fewer complications and with the newer implants, some of the concerns previously expressed are now less significant.
Why Choose the Above the Muscle Placement for Breast Implants
This procedure can often be less painful than other methods. The recovery can also be quicker as the muscle is not interfered with. Any of the complications such as ‘double bubble’ and implant displacement occur less. The treatment for ‘double bubble’ is often considered replacing the implant above the muscle. Some surgeons consider this less destructive to the muscle as the muscle may wither and lose strength in some cases. With the use of the polyurethane sticky implants, some advantages in correcting floppiness or ptosis are seen as well.
Why Choose the Dual Plane Placement for Breast Implants
The dual plane procedure in our opinion has overtaken the sub muscular procedure. It has the benefits of below the muscle with less of the concerns. In a very slim or petite patient with no breast tissue at all, this is the preferred position.
Problems such as ‘double bubble’ and bottoming out are less seen with this procedure as the muscle does not exert as much pressure on the implant. Also, the problem of wide cleavage is reduced.
There are three grades of dual plane with grade three being most effective in the floppier breast. Opinions vary on the above and it is wise to be fully informed so that the best choice is made to fit your specific circumstances.
Dr Glenn Murray
Cosmetic Surgeon and Medical Director
Dr Glenn Murray completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Western Australia. He continued his training with the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS); undertaking both cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgery training. Dr Glenn Murray has trained with some of the best Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons in the US and around the world. He is the past president of the Cosmetic Physicians of Australasia (CPSA) and has attended many advanced breast workshops throughout his career. Dr Murray has a special interest in repairing botched oversees surgery and more information on this can we found here.
Dr Murray, our Medical Director, at Absolute Cosmetic Medicine is committed to providing exceptional care to every patient. His full resume can be seen here.