August 29, 2011

Subglandular breast implants

Vital information about subglandular breast implants

One of the most popular cosmetic surgeries these days is the breast augmentation, and candidates should be knowledgeable enough about the vital information on this matter.     Let us discuss about the placement of the implants above the pectoral muscles, below the mammary gland.  This is called the subglandular breast implants which are positioned    underneath the muscle and under the gland of mammary.     This method is also referred to the placement of silicone and saline breast implants under the glands of mammary and over the muscle.     This method of placement is also called the submammary and the retroglandular.     The inframmamary, periareolar and transaxillary placements are some types of subglandular breast implants.     The decision of the patient on her choice of implant incision will depend on the mentioned placements.

These following advantages of subglandular breast implants could help the candidate with her breast augmentation decisions:

  • Subglandular breast implants  is a simple surgical procedure with minimal pain and speedy recovery for this placement will not involve muscle
  • The muscle is not  involved because the implants are positioned below the  glands
  •  Females with less sagging may prefer the “over implant” if she will undergo some lifting with no full or partial breast lift.
  • The placement of the implant above the muscle will solve the deformation of the implant which was placed below the muscle.
  • This placement is useful to create an attractive cleavage for those women with breasts are spaced apart.
  • For women who is going to have weight exercise or body sculpting, this type of placement is great for it will become unnatural when the chest muscles is loose due to the breast augmentation
  • If there is a need for a revision surgery, it is easy to perform a subglandular placement

Below are the cons of  subglandular breast implants:

  • With this placement there will be a nominal support for the load of the implant increases the need of a breast lift surgery
  • There will be the possibility of the risk of rippling with the breast implant.
  • There will be difficulties on reading the mammography results
  • In subglandular breast implants the risk of capsular contracture is more likely to occur
  • The marked of roundness will be noticeable with this placement
  • The breasts will look like non-natural because of the placement of the implants under the muscle.

Breast implants does not guarantee for longest period.    Closed monitoring is needed with the routine MRI scans three years after the placement surgery.   If the MRI result will uncover some signs or symptoms of implant rupture, the patient must decide if she wants to remove the implant or to keep it.

Like some surgeries the subglandular breast implants are not exempted from the common risks and complications.  Some of them are:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Pain and infection
  • Nipple and breast changes in sensation
  • Inability to breast feed
  • Necrosis
  • The deposits of calcium in the tissues around the breast implants
  • Anesthesia reactions
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Hematoma and Seroma