There are three basic implant placements with relation to breast tissue and chest muscles.
1. Above the pectoral muscles – Implants are placed over the chest muscle, behind the breast tissue. This placement is susceptible to visible rippling, as there is little between the implant and the breast. Breast implants placed above the muscle have a higher likelihood of interfering with mammograms.
2. Partial sub-muscular/ partially behind the muscles – Implants are placed partially behind the muscle and partially behind the breast tissue.
3. Sub-muscular or below the muscle – The implant is placed completely behind the muscle, resulting in a more natural looking breast. Implants placed underneath the muscle ripple less, result in a more brief recovery time and, in most cases, will not impede patients from breast-feeding in the future.