Full Muscle Coverage

With full muscle coverage breast reconstruction, the breast implant is covered by the muscles in the immediate area of the breast. To achieve this, a surgeon may use portions of the pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, serratus anterior, and/or the rectus abdominus muscle, or fascia.

Artist's renderings
Muscles add an additional layer of tissue between the implant and the skin
Decreases the risk of implant exposure
Decreases the risk of being able to see or feel the implant through the skin
Unnatural appearance of the breast such as a high riding breast (breast sits unnaturally high on the chest)
More challenging for the surgeon to control final shape, size and location of the reconstructed breast(s)
Poor projection of the breast(s)
Poor definition of the breast(s)
Serratus Band Contracture-risk of muscles spasming and/or contracting causing the breast(s) to become deformed

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