What is Dual Plane Technique?
Planning for Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation) can take time. Well, if breast implants is in your “must do” list, you may be confused about your options. So you should find out as much as you can about the surgical technique, the surgeon and the hospital where the procedure will be done. The technique that the plastic surgeon will use is important as it determines how your new breasts will look.
As you do your research, you’ll likely see implant placement options such as “over the muscle” and “under the muscle.” Medical terminology can be confusing; the terms breast augmentation and breast implants tends to be oversimplified and quite confusing.
Why should you consider Dual Plane Technique!
The word dual means two and the word plane refers to the natural separation between two layers of tissue. In the chest there is a natural separation between the breast tissue and the underlying muscle. When your breasts sags, a dual plane breast implants is a very effective technique to help avoid the need for a breast lift and still allow the implant to be placed under the muscle. When an implant is placed under the muscle and the overlying breast has some degree of sag, the muscle will hold the implant back and not allow it to fill the loose tissue at the bottom of the breast.
During a dual plane breast implants the tissue in the lower part of the breast is separated from the underlying muscle. The muscle is then released along its entire attachment at the bottom of the breast. The muscle then moves upward like a window shade toward the nipple. With the restriction of the muscle in the lower part of the breast removed the implant is then allowed to fill the loose sagging part of the lower breast.
Increased Volume and Lift for Breast Implants!
This is a very effective technique to help prevent the need for a breast lift in a patient with a small amount of sagging and still have the benefits of an implant placed under the muscle. This technique is also very helpful in the treatment of other conditions with constriction in the lower part of the breast.
Dual plane technique positions the breast implant in such a way that creates a natural appearance for an augmentation by allowing the implant to sit in the appropriate position on the chest wall. Total sub-muscular breast implants is essentially obsolete at this point as the vast majority of plastic surgeons use thedual plane technique for a much nicer result.
The good plastic surgeon will make sure your breast implants are in just the right place to look natural with your unique contours.
How is it done?
The surgeon’s goal is to create a pocket, or space, for the breast implants that will achieve the most aesthetically pleasing breast shape once the implant is placed. A key advantage of the dual plane technique over other options is that it allows surgeons to achieve optimal results in a variety of patients with different breast shapes and sizes.
Following are reasons why plastic surgeons most often use the dual plane breast implants technique:
- This optimizes the implant-soft tissue interface by adjusting the relationship between the breast tissue and pectoralis major muscle.
- Patients benefit from the advantages of both subglandular and partial submuscular augmentation.
- By releasing the attachments of the overlying breast tissue to the pectoralis major muscle to varying degrees based on an individual patient’s anatomy, a plastic surgeon can customize the best-looking breast for the patient.
- It results in more natural-looking breasts that are less likely to develop capsular contracture (harden post- operatively) and allow a radiologist to see breast tissue more easily on mammograms.
Before any surgery, you will want to discuss with your surgeon a realistic recovery plan so that you can make appropriate arrangements, including travel dates. You should expect to look worse before you look better! Within a few hours of surgery your chest will begin to swell. This swelling will peak between 3 and 5 days following the surgery. Shortly thereafter, your breast will begin to look more natural, with the optimal look occurring about between 6 weeks and 3 months later.
Why Did I Wait So Long?
The overwhelming majority of women that receive the Dual Plane Breast Implants Technique will wonder why they waited so long to get it in the first place.