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Is Breast Augmentation Best Done Above or Below the Muscle?

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Is Breast Augmentation Best Done Above or Below the Muscle?


Breast augmentations are widely popular among women of all ages who want to add volume or enhance the appearance of their breasts. The procedure is a highly individualized surgery that requires a good deal of thought. Dr. Tenley Lawton is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge of breast surgeries of all types. She’ll guide you through every aspect of your procedure along the way so you can achieve your optimal outcome.

There is no cookie-cutter surgery for every woman. You may be suited for either an above or a below augmentation depending on your desired results, your body type as well as the size, shape, and material of your implant. The best way to determine which is best for you is through an in-person evaluation and consult with a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Lawton.

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*Individual Results May Vary

Below the Muscle

Submuscular augmentations (under the muscle) are the most common choice among women. Many feel that below the muscle augmentations give a more natural contour -especially for thinner patients with limited breast tissue. The muscle acts as a stabilizer for the implant. With a below-muscle augmentation, the chance for rippling is reduced due to added pressure from the muscle. The surgery does require a bit more surgical skill and requires separating the muscle from the underlying rib cage. Recovery time can be longer and less comfortable than an above the muscle procedure.

Above the Muscle

Although it’s not the most popular choice, having an above-the-muscle augmentation has its advantages as well. Women with thick, firm breast tissue can benefit from the less-invasive procedure. Some patients find an above augmentation both looks and feels more natural when chest muscles are flexed because the breasts don’t flatten or move laterally.

Both above and below the muscle augmentations safely and effectively enhance the volume of your breasts. Dr. Tenley Lawton is committed to providing patient-centric care and creating personalized treatment options for the best possible outcome, every time.



The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.


Would you like to learn more about Breast Augmentations? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.


*Individual Results May Vary


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