If you are considering breast augmentation, you will need to choose between submuscular and subglandular placement of your implants. Submuscular implants are placed under both your breast tissue and your chest muscles. Subglandular implants are placed beneath your breast tissue but over your muscles. You may be tempted to choose subglandular placement because this type of implant usually has a shorter healing time. However, there are several reasons why you should consider a full submuscular implant. 

Obtain a More Natural Appearance

Implants placed below your muscles tend to give a more natural curve, especially in the cleavage area. This is even more visible if you are going up multiple cup sizes with your implants. Also, subglanduar implants tend to have more notable edges, both in appearance and feel, than submuscular implants. One thing to keep in mind is that both types of placement can result in visible edges if you do not have enough breast tissue to cover the implant. 

Avoid Later Breast Lifts

Implant placement can minimally lift sagging breasts. For an appropriate lift, you will need a different procedure called a breast lift. Often, women need a breast lift later in life, especially after pregnancy. If you have submuscular implants, the chances of you needing a lift at a later point are less than if you have subglandular implants. Additionally, if you have subglandular implants and decided to place them deeper at a later point, you will almost certainly need a lift. 

Make Mammograms Easier 

Mammogram machines squeeze the breast tissue to conduct a thorough examination of it. If you have an implant placed near the breast tissue, this can interfere with mammograms. By having an implant placed securely under the muscle, away from your breast tissue, you will more likely be able to have normal mammograms when you need them. 

Avoid Capsular Contracture

Sometimes the body reacts to an implant by forming scar tissue around it. In the case of breast implants, this can squeeze the implant and make it harden, making your breasts look and feel unnatural and perhaps requiring you to remove the implants. Capsular contracture happens more often in subglandular placement than submuscular placement. 

If you are considering breast augmentation, it is important you discuss your desires with an experienced physician before making any plans. They will be able to help you make healthy choices about placement, size, and materials that will give you the type of breasts you desire. If you have more questions about breast augmentation, talk with a medical professional.