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The Different Placement Planes for Breast Augmentation

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Breast augmentation is an excellent option for women who want to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. This popular surgery involves placing implants in the breasts to create a fuller, more proportionate appearance. 

When considering breast augmentation, one important factor to consider is placement. While some patients prefer subglandular (over the muscle) or submuscular (under the muscle), another technique is available. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales may recommend dual plane breast augmentation, which combines the benefits of both subglandular and submuscular placement. 

Are you curious about the different placement planes? Call Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX for a breast consultation and assessment. We can discuss your personalized options here. 

What is subglandular placement? 

Subglandular placement involves positioning implants under the breast tissue and above the pectoral muscle. This technique can provide natural-looking results, and recovery may be quicker compared to other methods. However, there is an increased risk of seeing the edges of the implants through your skin. Patients with thin skin or a smaller amount of breast tissue may not be good candidates for subglandular placement. 

What about submuscular placement? 

During submuscular placement, the implants are placed under both the breast tissue and pectoral muscle. This technique can provide more coverage for the implants, making them less visible and creating a smoother appearance. Of course, recovery may be longer due to the involvement of the muscle. Submuscular placement is also known to cause some discomfort in the first few days after surgery. 

Introducing dual plane breast augmentation 

Dual plane breast augmentation combines the benefits of subglandular and submuscular placement techniques. In this method, Dr. Morales places the upper portion of the implant under the pectoral muscle and the lower portion of the implant over the muscle. 

The dual plane method is unique because it provides advantages from both placement options. By partially covering the implant with muscle, there is increased coverage and support while still maintaining natural-looking outcomes. The implants are also less likely to be seen or felt through the skin. 

Additional benefits of dual plane breast augmentation:  

  • Reduced risk of implant rippling 
  • More natural-looking silhouette with improved upper pole fullness 
  • Lower chance of capsular contracture (a complication where scar tissue forms around the implant) 

Choosing the right placement for your breast implants 

Ultimately, the right placement for your implants will depend on your personal preferences, body type, and desired outcomes. During a consultation in Houston, TX, we will assess your situation and recommend the best possible option moving forward. Dr. Morales has performed countless successful breast procedures using state-of-the-art tools and techniques. 

In addition to discussing placement options, it's important to also consider the size, shape, and type of implant that will be used in your procedure. Dr. Morales will guide you through the decision-making process to ensure you are satisfied. 

Learn about the different placement planes for breast augmentation 

Implant placement may not seem like a major decision, but it can greatly impact the final outcome of your breast augmentation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales is dedicated to helping patients achieve their desired look. Contact Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to book a consultation and learn about your options. Our team will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.