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What Patients Should Know About Rippling and Breast Implants

Posted Sep 5, 2013 by Stephen Greenberg, MD

Breast Implants Rippling - Augmentation / Enlargement SurgeryIf you want to enhance your curves and look your very best, there are a number of plastic surgery options to consider. By far, one of the most effective means of improving overall body contour is undergoing breast augmentation surgery. You may be surprised by how increasing the shapeliness of the breasts can result in an overall improvement in figure.

About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery involves the placement of breast implants into the breast pocket. These implants come in many different shapes, sizes, and compositions in order to meet the needs of the patient.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Implants

The best candidates for breast augmentation are patients who would like to increase the size and shape of their breasts. These patients should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about the surgery, scarring, and other post-surgical issues that may arise.

One such issue is rippling of the breast implants, which is a common aesthetic flaw that women notice after undergoing surgery.

What is breast implant rippling?

Also referred to as "wrinkling," this describes an instance in which the breast implants appear through the skin and appear a bit rippled. This does not pose any health risk, though some women are put off by the aesthetics of the rippling when it occasionally occurs.

How common is breast implant rippling?

In general, rippling tends to be more common with saline breast implants and with thinner women. In the case of saline breast implants, this is a result of the way that the saline solution moves in the silicone shell. In the case of thinner women, there is less breast tissue in place, which makes the implant more prone to peeking through the skin.

With the above in mind, we should mention that the degree and severity of rippling varies from patient to patient. Your cosmetic plastic surgeon will be able to provide you with information pertaining to potential rippling for your own situation during the consultation process.

Can breast implant rippling be corrected or avoided?

There are a few ways in which breast implant rippling can be reduced. For one, silicone breast implants or cohesive gel breast implants may be used rather than saline breast implants. These other kinds of breast implants are less prone to rippling than saline ones.

You may have heard about overfilling of saline breast implants as a solution for rippling, though this is not recommended by breast implant manufacturers. In fact, overfilling a saline breast implant makes it more prone to potential rupture.

In addition to breast implant type, a plastic surgeon can also place the implant differently in the breast area in order to reduce rippling in different parts of the breast.

Other Breast Implant Concerns to Consider

Rippling and implant type aren't the only concerns when it comes to breast implants. The location of the incisions, the right size and shape of implant, and other important contouring and shaping decisions need to be made. We'll be more than happy to discuss these with you in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn Most About Breast Enhancement Surgery

For more information about breast enhancement surgery and what to expect following the procedure, be sure to contact our Garden City cosmetic surgery center today. During the consultation process we will be sure to cover all of the risks and benefits so that you can make an informed decision about the entire process and if it is right for you.

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