Subglandular vs Submuscular
You may have not known this, however breast implants placement can be under or on top of the muscle. Specifically, under or on top of the pectoralis major muscle. Plastic surgeons debate the benefits of both the positions, however you’ll have the ultimate decision when it comes to your surgery. Generally, most Las Vegas plastic surgeons will agree under muscle is the better implant placement. When you’re in your consultation, you’ll be asked about your concerns. Concerns like what your aesthetic goals are, your lifestyle, recovery time, etc… All of these questions will help you determine which is best for you.
When the implant is placed under the muscle this is called the submuscular position. When the implants are under the muscle, more of the patient’s natural tissue covers the implants. This helps make the implants look and feel more natural. Also the muscles help to hold them in alittle bit so they don’t roll out into the armpit as much and the muscles hide the rippling that can sometimes occur when the implantsare on top of the muscle. In addition to this when more of the patient covers the implant the implant tends to look and feel more natural. Dr. Smith almost always places the implants under muscle. Some of the disadvantages of placing the implant under the muscle is when you flex — for example when you’re doing push ups or pull ups, the pectorlais muscle will bounce a little bit. Or you’ll be able to see the crease of your muscle, this is also a disadvantage of placing the implant under the muscle.
When the implant is placed on top of the muscle and under only the breast tissue, this is called the subglandular position. The advantages of placing the implant on top of the muscle is that it is a quicker recovery. I’ll suggest this option to you if you have abnormally shaped breasts, so we can help round out your breasts. The disadvanatage of placing the implant on top of the muscle are many. The implants tend to have a more “stuck on” look, giving you a more pronounced size. There is a higher chance of the implants rippling and skin tends to stretch, which after a while leads to implants rolling into the armpit when you lay down. Still, you may desire to have a more exaggerated look and may consider putting the implants on top of the muscle. The advanatages of placing the implant under muscle outweight the disadvantages, so Dr. Smith usually places the implant under muscle.
Implants tend to drop, so when the implant is placed during surgery, Dr. Smith will place it slightly high. If the implant is placed under the muscle the muscle tends to push them alittle higher immediately after surgery. This means that about a week after surgery, you will think the implants are too high. Your skin and muscles need to stretch, so the implants tend to drop for 3-6 motnhs. Within that time period, your implants will be set in their new position and will usually cease to drop. It is important that you implants are not perfect right away, or they will drop too low and may look droopy. This is actually the most common risk of breast augmentation, and runs about 5% in Dr. Smith’s practice. In the event you implants drop too low, or fail to drop enough, Dr. Smith will adjust them to help them be in the proper position.
Why choose Saline Breast Implants?
You may be one of few patients in Las Vegas looking for a plastic surgeon that works with saline breast implants. Dr. Lane Smith performs thousands of breast augmentations and has expert experience with this implant type. Dr. Smith believes in giving you as many choices as possible. Saline is the same fluid that goes into an IV, mainly water with a little bit of salt similar to saline eye drops. Once the saline breast implant is in the appropriate space under your breast, or pectoralis muscle, Dr. Smith inflates your implant with sterile saline or salt water. If they rupture, you will typically know immediately. Your body harmlessly absorbs all of the saline solution that leaks into your body.
Saline breast implants tend to be more firm and have a higher incidence of rippling. An advantage of saline implants is that they are more cost effective. A disadvantage of Saline implants is that saline breast implants tends to look a little more “fake”, and have a higher chance of rippling and waviness. Most of the patients choose the more natural feeling and looking silicone implants. Because of its shape and the consistency, saline breast implants feel can feel like water balloons, and do not have the ‘gummy” or fatty feeling of real breasts.
If you have any more questions about saline breast implants, please call 702.838.3755 so we can answer your questions, or schedule your consultation. You can also fill out the form to the right and one of our Patient Coordinators will call you as soon as possible.
Why use Gummy Bear Breast Implants?
The popularly named gummy bear breast implants are cohesive gel, and they’re form-stable. If you push hard enough on the breast implant, you can alter the shape slightly, however it doesn’t really leak. Not to mention difficult for them to change shape. For this reason the new silicone implants are often called gummy bear implants. The old silicone implants from the 1980’s were less viscous and could actually leak. Dr. Smith does not use these implants at all. The new silicone implants are FDA approved and are considered to be as safe as saline implants.
Because of their material, form-stable breast implants can be shaped; of which being teardrop and round shaped. Teardrop shaped implants mimic the natural shape of the breast, with a finished result that is less full but more natural. The shape of teardrop implants can also cause issues if the implant rotates, whereas there is little noticeable difference if a round implant rotates.
If you have any more questions about gummy bear breast implants, please call 702.838.3755 so we can answer your questions, or schedule your consultation. You can also fill out the form to the right and one of our Patient Coordinators will call you as soon as possible.
Why choose Silicone Breast Implants?
Chances are that you’ll choose the flexibly gained by choosing silicone breast implants. They tend to be more natural feeling, and looking, implants. One type of silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel, simply called silicone gel implants. They look and feel a little more natural than saline breast implants. They also tend to have less chance of waviness and last longer.
Patients are often concerned that the silicone implants will rupture and leak. The silicone gel used today is very thick and viscous. This means if the implant ruptures, the implants cannot really leak. They can crack, however it is difficult for the silicone to go anywhere. This is similar to a gummy bear breast implant, which is the other type of silicone breast implant.
If you have any more questions about silicone breast implants, please call 702.838.3755 so we can answer your questions, or schedule your consultation. You can also fill out the form to the right and one of our Patient Coordinators will call you as soon as possible.
Why choose Round Breast Implants?
If you’re looking to get fuller appearance, you’ll want to choose round breast implants. Many women in Las Vegas prefer this exaggerated look, so these implants are more likely to appear “fake”. Dr. Lane Smith will use round breast implants if you’re looking to have your breasts appear fuller than teardrop implants can achieve. Because round implants are “round” all over, there’s also less concern about them rotating out of place.
If you have any more questions about round breast implants, please call 702.838.3755 so we can answer your questions, or schedule your consultation. You can also fill out the form to the right and one of our Patient Coordinators will call you as soon as possible.