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There are various factors involved when it comes to inserting breast implants during a breast augmentation. Implant placement and incision techniques are crucial components of the procedure. By understanding the various techniques of inserting breast implants, you will be guided in the right direction and may attain the best results possible.

At Athenix Body, we strive to provide you with the most enjoyable, comprehensive experience possible, while yielding the best results. To achieve this goal, we believe in educating you on all aspects of your procedure, from implant placement to incision technique.

Implant Placement: Over or Under the Muscle

Implant placement is an important consideration in the breast augmentation process. Our surgeons will assess your goals and body type in order to determine the ideal technique. There are two main locations where breast implants can be placed, over or under the breast muscle.

Submuscular Placement

Submuscular implants are placed under the pectoral muscle, which act as protection for the implant. If you have thin breast tissue, submuscular placement may be ideal. This placement tends to result in breast implants that are positioned higher than those placed over the muscle and may hold their position for years without fear of sagging or drooping.

Submammary Placement

With submammary, or subglandular placement, the implants are placed above the muscle and behind breast tissue. This technique typically involves implants that are smaller in size or when there is no issue with the skin’s elasticity.

What Are Your Breast Implant Incision Options?

Our physicians will take the time to discuss the best incision options available for you. These options may be based on your plastic surgeon’s advice and dependent on the implant placement, above or under the chest muscle. Other factors, such as implant size and type of implant, can also determine the technique to be utilized. Consider the following as one of your options:

Inframammary Technique

The inframammary technique is one of the most common amongst plastic surgeons. It is performed by inserting the implant under the breast through the skin fold where the breast and chest connect. As a result, there are no visible scars when standing, as the breast tissue covers the incision.

Transaxillary Technique

The transaxillary method involves inserting implants through an incision in the upper breast, next to the fold of the armpit. The incision is almost invisible, even when the arm is raised.

Transumbilical Technique

This technique involves inserting the breast implant through an incision in the navel, and then adjusting it in the breast pocket. There are no incisions made to the breast in this particular technique but this is only an option for some types of saline implants. Remember, the technique used to insert breast implants relies heavily on the type of implant in addition to its placement.

Periareolar Technique

Periareolar is when the incisions are made around the areola, which results in no visible scars. This technique would be used if the implants are to be placed over top of the chest muscle.


Forms of anesthesia for breast augmentation include local sedation and general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will determine what the best choice is for you, depending on the implant type and placement.

Prepping for Breast Implant Surgery

Before your surgery, your surgeon may ask you to:

Avoid taking certain anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin, as they can increase the bleeding.

Adjust your current medications.

Avoid smoking.

Obtain a blood test from a certified laboratory.

Your breast augmentation will be performed at a surgical center or hospital, and recovery will take a minimum of a few days. That’s why it’s important you arrange for someone to drive you back home safely.

Breast Implant Aftercare

To ease your recovery, we will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions. We recommend plenty of rest and avoiding sudden movements involving your chest or arms. Heavy weights should also be avoided, however, you should be able to return to normal physical activities within a few weeks.

Count on Athenix Body for Comprehensive Care

To ensure the best results and an outstanding experience, we believe in an all-inclusive approach to all our treatments. There are many options to consider when it comes to breast implants, and we make sure to cover every step in full detail to help you make the best decision prior to treatment.

Contact us today to get started and learn more about your options.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 Your safety is our top priority.

To our valued patients,

I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy and well during this difficult time. We want to thank all of the essential workers that provided us with critical services during this period and also to all of you that remained at home preventing the further spread of the virus.

As we re-open our facilities our priority remains the safety and well being of our patients and staff. To that end, we have implemented a number of important safety measures at all of our facilities.

  1. All patients, staff, and caregivers will be screened via a questionnaire and temperature for Covid-19 symptoms at the front entrance.
  2. Only those individuals that pass the screening will be allowed into the facility.
  3. Patients can only bring 1 other person with them to the appointment.
  4. All patients (and caregivers) need to wear a mask while in the facility. Please bring a cloth or other mask with you to the appointment.
  5. Physical distancing will be in effect in the office waiting room and throughout the office.
  6. Once the physical distance capacity has been reached in the waiting room, patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be called to come in at their appointment time.
  7. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned and disinfected at least on an hourly basis.
  8. All patient rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each patient use.
  9. Caregivers waiting for patients after surgery will be asked to not wait in the facility.
  10. All staff will be wearing PPE in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We understand that these continue to be uncertain and difficult times however we remain committed to your health, well being, safety, and ensuring you the best outcome possible.

All Athenix locations are now open. However, as we continue to practice physical distancing, we are still available for virtual consultations at any of our locations. You can reach us by calling 1-888-276-1535 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

We thank you for your continued support and trust in Athenix and look forward to seeing you soon.


Gavin M. Dry, M.D. Chief Medical Officer