Where to place breast implants — under the chest muscle or over it — remains more a plastic surgeon’s choice. It’s an important discussion, in particular, for thinner, very active women, who sometimes complain that implants move inappropriately when they exercise. In plastic surgery, this is an issue known as “distortion.”
Here one doctor provides some clarity on why he and many other doctors prefer to place implants under the chest muscle. https://niume.com/post/247372https://niume.com/post/247372.
For more discussion on implant placement, see our book’s breast implant chapter. It discusses types of implants; problems; placement concerns and other issues.
Women who need radiation are more satisfied and have fewer complications with autologous breast reconstruction, compared to implants, a major University of Michigan study has found.
Heavy women encounter problems as much as 1 in 4 times with breast reconstruction with implants, particularly during the expander phase of the process, a major review article finds.
Younger women undergoing #breastreconstruction with #breastimplants and who are very athletic increasingly are asking their #plasticsurgeons where’s the best place to place an implant under the muscle, as done for years, or over, to avoid a problem called distortion when the implant moves during vigorous exercise such as weight lifting.
We report in the#siliconeimplant chapter of the book that some surgeons remain cautious about implant placement over the muscle because of concerns about whether this doesn’t look as good or may impair imaging and monitoring of the breast. Would love to hear from doctors and women if you have an opinion.
Below: Emmy Pontz-Rickert, anchor of silicone breast implant chapter, “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You.” Photo by Kathleen Galligan
Story: Over or under
Emmy Pontz-Rickert, an Ypsilanti Twp. MI mom, has been the face of our web page and book cover, even book spine, since the beginning. Photographer Kathleen Galligan captured Emmy’s beauty, poise and strength. Diagnosed at age 24 with breast cancer, Emmy underwent surgery and chemotherapy and now three years later is expecting her second child. Her story is part of the changing demographics of breast cancer surgery and reconstruction.
Emmy’s full story anchors the silicone breast implant chapter of the book, which is being stocked and will be available later this week, according to Rowman and Littlefield, publisher. Here’s the link to order “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You.”
As desireable as it may sound, most women who have breast reconstruction will have two or more procedures, a top plastic surgeon says. Here’s a look at the realities from Dr. Minas Chyropoulo of San Antonio, for the web site of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Breast reconstruction has risen 35% since 2000, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Implant-based reconstruction still far outnumbers autologous tissue breast reconstruction. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/2016/new-statistics-reflect-the-changing-face-of-plastic-surgery.html