Subfascial Breast Augmentation: The Secret To Better Looking Implants


If you are considering breast augmentation but don’t want an unnatural “high and tight” appearance, then you may want to consider subfascial breast augmentation. Subfascial breast augmentation helps to create a more natural appearance for breast augmentation recipients.

Subfascial breast augmentation refers to a technique in which the implant is placed beneath the fascia, but above the muscle. The fascia is a membrane that covers the muscle and can add a very thin layer of “padding” to the implant once it is placed in the body, creating a more natural appearance than implants that are placed over the muscle and preventing some of the special issues that can occur when implants are placed beneath the muscle. Many women prefer the appearance of subfascial breast augmentation and it is the preferred method at Chau Plastic Surgery. Chau Plastic Surgery recommends subfascial breast augmentation whenever possible to create a better result for you, the patient.

Benefits of Subfascial Breast Augmentation

Chau Plastic Surgery prefers to use subfascial breast implant placement when it is suitable due to the many benefits of the procedure. These benefits include:

  • A more natural appearance due to the more anatomical position of the implants
  • With submuscular implants, the implants may become displaced when moving the arms, but this doesn’t occur with subfascial breast augmentation, resulting in more natural-looking movement of the implants
  • Improved cleavage
  • Subfascial breast augmentation has also been found to eliminate the need for further breast enhancing plastic surgery, such as breast lift, in select cases
  • Less pain after the breast augmentation procedure

Although subfascial breast augmentation is a preferred procedure, it may not be suitable for you. In cases where subfascial breast augmentation won’t achieve the desired results, there are alternative techniques to subfascial breast augmentation that can also be utilized.

Alternatives to Subfascial Breast Augmentation: Subglandular and Submuscular

In cases where subfascial breast augmentation won’t produce the desired results, your plastic surgeon may recommend alternative techniques including subglandular breast augmentation and submuscular breast augmentation.

Subglandular Breast Augmentation

Subglandular breast augmentation refers to placing breast implants below the skin but above the muscle. In some cases, this may be enough to create a more “lifted” appearance and eliminate the need for an accompanying breast lift. However, while your breasts will appear high and perky right away, with less need to “settle,” implants may eventually cause breast sagging to appear more noticeably than before. Usually, in cases where a lift is desired subglandular breast augmentation may not be recommended. If existing sagging and drooping are minimal, then subglandular breast augmentation may be sufficient to correct any undesired issues with the breasts.

Subglandular breast augmentation can create a more “done” appearance than other types of breast augmentation, depending on existing breast tissue and the desired results. In subglandular breast augmentation, it may be possible to see the shape of the implant after it has been placed. Some benefits of subglandular breast augmentation include a more natural movement of the implants when you move the arms and there is no need for the implants to settle once they have been placed. Once the implant is inserted in the pocket, it stays there.

There may be some issues to consider with subglandular breast augmentation including an increased incidence of capsular contracture and difficulty with mammogram screenings.

Submuscular Breast Augmentation

Submuscular breast augmentation refers to breast implants that are placed beneath the muscle. This placement technique is typically recommended for patients that may have a wide chest diameter and/or little existing breast tissue. For women seeking a breast lift, a submuscular breast augmentation is often recommended along with the lift.

By using a submuscular breast augmentation technique, patients with small natural breasts can achieve a more natural appearance with breast implants because the layer of muscle helps to “hide” the shape of the implants. Submuscular implants may also result in less risk of capsular contracture, a condition where the tissues around the implant tighten up. In addition, submuscular implants typically make mammograms more comfortable and less inaccurate. On the other hand, submuscular procedures typically take longer to heal and are often more painful procedures than other breast augmentation techniques.

In addition to choosing the type of augmentation, it is also important to understand that implant type, size, shape, and other factors may all play a role in whether or not subfascial breast augmentation is right for you.

At Chau Plastic Surgery in Berkley, Michigan, we offer a full assessment of your health and body to find a breast augmentation that is a fit for your desires. Our staff of highly trained and qualified doctors takes the time to listen to each patient as well as figure out the best course of action to determine the breast augmentation procedure and implant that is right for you. Collectively, the staff at Chau Plastic Surgery has performed thousands of breast augmentations to happy patients. Let us help you find the right solution to give you the appearance of your dreams that best fits your body and health needs.

For a complimentary consultation and to find out whether you are a good fit for subfascial breast augmentation, call Chau Plastic surgery at 248-799-2880 or schedule an appointment today!