When you are looking to receive breast implants in order to enhance the size of your breasts, there are several methods that can be used for the placement of the implant. The most common methods involve the implant being placed under the muscle or over the muscle. Although both of these options have their own advantages that you may want to consider, the over the muscle approach is believed to provide patients with a more natural feel, which is something you should keep in mind.
Why You Should Consider An Over the Muscle Placement
During your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon of choice, they will be able to help you determine whether or not you should request an over the muscle or under the muscle placement for your breast implants. Everything from your medical history to the size of the implant can play a part in which approach is used. However, you will typically be able to decide which implant option you would prefer. If you want an implant that allows for a more natural feel, you should definitely consider an over the muscle placement.
This particular technique involves placing the implant between the chest muscle and your breast tissue. There are an array of benefits associated with this type of technique that extend past the natural feel of the implant, which include the fact that this surgical technique is the less invasive of the two and is considered to be somewhat easier to perform by plastic surgeons. The recovery time with an over the muscle approach is also less than the recovery time needed for an under the muscle implant. The implants will also not become distorted or oddly shaped
when your pectoral muscles become flexed, which is a slight problem that occurs with under the muscle implants. Although this particular method can sometimes provided a more rounded appearance to the breasts when you select larger implants, you should consider whether the feel of the implants or the look of them matters most to you.
Risks of Obtaining a Breast Augmentation
When you are consider whether or not you would prefer an over the muscle or under the muscle placement, you should also be aware of the risks that can occur with a breast augmentation. For one, it’s important that you are 100 percent committed towards obtaining breast implants and understand how these implants are going to change your appearance. This is key towards ensuring that you aren’t dissatisfied with the changes in your appearance once the implants have been placed.
Some of the other risks that are associated with breast augmentation are the types of risks that can occur with any type of plastic surgery, which include bleeding, the development of an infection, issues with scarring at the incision site, an implant rupture, incorrect placement, and wrinkling of the skin around the implant. It’s unlikely that you will experience any of these risks. However, you should still understand what they are so that you can be prepared once the time of the treatment rolls around.
Steps Involved With a Breast Augmentation
When you have made your decision about having the breast implants placed over or under the muscle, you will then be able to schedule the breast augmentation procedure. As with nearly all forms of plastic surgery, you will first be provided with general anesthesia to ensure that you don’t feel any pain. The incisions that are provided with a breast augmentation can differ depending on what your desired outcome is as well as the size of the implants. The three most common incision areas include just under your breast, around the areola, or within your armpit. Among these three incision areas, the first two are the most commonly used when the implant is going to be placed over the muscle.
Once the incisions have been fully made, the implant will be placed directly behind your breast tissue. This placement can take some time as the surgeon will want to make sure that it is positioned properly. After the implants have been placed in their proper position, the incisions will be closed up with the inclusion of skin adhesives or sutures. The scars created by these incisions should lessen substantially after the first month or so of recovery.
What to Expect During Recovery From An Over the Muscle Implant
The recovery process of a breast augmentation procedure is a fairly straightforward one that should progress smoothly as long as you follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for the treatment site and how to avoid making the side effects of the treatment worse. Your
breasts will likely be wrapped in a sizable bandage or dressings so as to keep the swelling at a minimum. You will only need to stay at the place where the surgery occurred for an hour or two, after which you will be allowed to return home and continue your recovery. In some cases, you will be prescribed with a medication that is designed to reduce your swelling as well as any pain that you’re experiencing because of the surgery.
Bleeding can occur around your breast implants for at least three days following the treatment, which is why it’s important to keep activity to a minimum until this time has passed. Any swelling or soreness that you’re experiencing should dissipate entirely after a few weeks. Your plastic surgeon will be able to provide you with more detailed information about when you can start exercising again. In general, it’s recommended that you wait around two weeks before returning to work and around six weeks before you start doing any heavy lifting or any activities that would be considered strenuous.
Dr. Ramsen Azizi, MD is a plastic surgeon who has received double board certifications and specializes in both body and facial plastic surgeries. He has garnered more than 25 years of experience and is known to perform breast augmentation procedures. You can find out more about what he does here: www.doctorsplasticsurgery.com.