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Breast Implant Placement Options/Techniques

If you are seriously considering breast implants, one choice that you and your plastic surgeon will make involves where the implants will be placed behind your breasts.  Another deals with how they will be placed there, meaning what surgical incision will be used.  There are a number of breast implant placement options and techniques to choose from.

Dr. David Stoker, a prominent breast surgeon in Los Angeles, uses a variety of breast implant placement options and techniques in his practice. These can be divided into two major choices: incision location and implant location. Making these choices is an important part of the consultation. You should not feel like you need to decide on your own.  Dr. Stoker will help you to make the best decision for your particular situation.

The reality is that with elective surgery like breast augmentation, the best plan is for you to sit down in a consultation with Dr. Stoker.  Make sure you understand the details of each option you have, and then see what Dr. Stoker recommends to achieve your goal.

Call Dr. David Stoker’s office at 310 300 1779 or click here to schedule a consultation. He’ll be delighted to meet with you in person to discuss which breast implant placement techniques are best for your individual case.


Breast Implant Placement Techniques:

  • Incision Location

The incisions that Dr. David Stoker prefers to use are the periareolar incision, inframammary incision, or the axillary incision.

    • The periareolar incision is made around the edge of the areola where it meets the surrounding breast tissue. Dr. Stoker likes this incision because the scar is virtually invisible; it blends very well with the natural change in skin color between the breast and the areola.
    • The inframammary incision is made on the underside of the breast where the breast and chest come together. Women with a naturally well-defined crease under their breasts are the best candidates for this type of incision.
    • The axillary incision is made in the armpit area, or axilla. This implant is best paired with a saline implant because the breast pocket is at a greater distance than it is with the other surgical approaches. Unlike the other two incisions, the incision from an axillary incision may sometimes be visible when wearing a sleeveless outfit or bathing suit.

Breast Implant Placement Options:

  • Implant Location

There are two main areas where Dr. Stoker may place your implant. These options are either under the pectoral muscle or over the muscle. Dr. Stoker prefers to place the implant under the pectoral muscle for a few different reasons:

  • When the implant is placed underneath the muscle, the top portion of the implant is covered by the muscle; this makes the possibility of visible ripples or edges less likely.
  • Clinical studies suggest that the incidence of capsular contracture is lower when implants are placed underneath the pectoral muscle.
  • Screening for breast cancer is more effective because the implant is placed behind the muscle.

Why Choose Dr. Stoker for Your Breast Augmentation?
Dr. Stoker has performed thousands of cosmetic surgeries through his career, many of which are breast augmentations. Through his considerable experience he has learned the safest, most effective methods available. This experience, in addition to his patients’ high rate of satisfaction, should give you confidence.

Take the Next Step:

For more information regarding breast implant placement options and techniques, request a consultation online or call Dr. Stoker’s office at (310) 300-1779. Our friendly plastic surgery consultants are ready to help you answer any questions you might have.