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Implant rippling

26th Sep 2016

Breast enhancement with the help of implants is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the world.

The results are absolutely spectacular most of the time, and the surgery is for all those women who want to change the size or shape of their breasts, to correct a breast asymmetry or as the result of a trauma.

But, just as with any type of cosmetic surgery, there are certain complications that come with the breast enhancement procedure, and implant rippling is one of them.

Rippling of the implant is exactly what the name suggests, and it can occur in the case of saline or silicone implants. It produces wrinkles or ridges that can be seen through the skin. It is usually more visible on the side, bottom, or in between the breasts, and you might spot it only in certain positions like when you are bending or leaning forward. You might have noticed it on celebrities on television shows and thought that something was not right there. Well, usually this is the case with implant rippling, and it is mostly visible in very thin women or women with very small breasts and big implants.

Implant rippling is a complication of the breast enhancement procedure that can only be corrected with the help of another plastic surgery. Massaging the breasts or using creams or other pills is not effective in this case. Of course, your doctor will be able to tell you about your options after he consults with you properly.

What can cause implant rippling?

Implant rippling is more common in the case of saline implants. It can be a result of overfilling or underfilling the breast implant with saline solution. In some cases, it happens due to poor tissue coverage (as mentioned before, with petite breasts and huge implants). In over-the-muscle implants, placement can increase the risk of rippling.

To confirm the implant rippling, you will need to see your surgeon. He will also be the one to discuss with you what needs to be done in this situation. We have mentioned that another plastic surgery might be required to replace the implant; some patients will choose to go a size down or even change to silicone implants instead of saline. Another option your doctor will present will be changing to smooth implants instead of textured. Something as simple as repositioning the implant can also be the solution to your implant rippling. Talking over these alternatives with your doctor will help you make the best decision based on the information you have. It is also important to understand that your doctor will make recommendations based on your lifestyle and goals, but with your general health and well-being in mind. So, if he suggests going a size down, it is essential to consider his experience.


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