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Are breast implants placed under or over the pectoralis muscle?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
The breast implant can be placed under or over the pectoralis muscle. The space made for the implant is called the "pocket." Since breast tissue normally is over the muscle, this location is more natural. However, with saline implants, particularly textured saline implants, wrinkles in the implant are more likely if it is placed in front of the muscle. Since the nipple receives its blood supply through blood vessels that penetrate the muscle, if the implant is placed in front of the muscle, any future breast-lifting procedure becomes more difficult, if not impossible. When the implant is placed under the muscle, the nipple blood supply is preserved, allowing a lift later in life. If the implant is placed completely under the muscle, however, bulging high up on the chest can be a problem. The implant can be squeezed when the muscle contracts, causing an embarrassing flattening of the breasts.
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