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Location of the breast implant and capsule contracture


Location of the breast implant and capsule contracture

There are various studies that show that if an implant is placed under the muscle, the possibility of having capsular contracture will eventually be decreased.

Take a look at these two pictures. The implant has been placed below the muscle of the chest. The other one shows the implant placed above the muscle of the chest. Here are the two anatomical locations of breast implants.

For the implant to be placed under the muscle, the pectoralis major muscle must be dissected from its lower part attachment. A pocket would be created under the muscle. This is where the implant would be placed. Because the pectoralis major muscle is believed to squeeze the implant during movements and activities, scars that are forming can be broken down easily. It can be said as well that the muscle massages the implant.

There is another theory that the pocket created under the muscle trigger less possibility of a contracture occurrence rather than the pocket that is created above the muscle due to vascularity. When the muscle is more vascular, it is believed that there’s a lesser possibility of infection.

It is important to discuss with your surgeon your concerns about the location of your implants. Proper placement of the implants will not only lessen the possibility of capsular contracture but it also helps you complications like implant rippling and implant palpability.

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