One of the world's leading breast implant surgeons
Rippling is the term describing a condition affecting women with breast implants in which the implant is visible on the outer perimeter of the implant, on sides, bottom, or between the breasts, creating an unnatural wavy look. This condition occurs more often in thinner women with less natural breast tissue and is often the result of incorrect implant placement.
Why did my implants ripple? What can I do about it?
Breast implant rippling (also called implant wrinkling) is one of the more common complications associated with breast augmentation surgery. It appears as a wavy, unnatural texture usually on the top portion of the breast. It’s not fun.
Dr. Mohan has much experience correcting implant rippling. Whether you are concerned that you will get implant rippling, or you suspect you already have this problem, our practice has the answers for the prevention and correction of this complication.
What causes implant rippling?
Poor skin quality or thin skin
Small amount of breast tissue
Subglandular implant placement
How Dr. Mohan can help you avoid rippling – and revision surgery.
If you are considering breast augmentation for the first time, you may be wondering how to avoid implant rippling. Because there will always be certain factors that the surgeon and you cannot control, there is no guarantee that you can completely prevent this complication. However, Dr. Mohan has a few recommendations that can help decrease the risk of the need to undergo revision surgery:
Smaller implants may suit you better.
Larger implants increase the risk for rippling because they can stretch the skin and allow the implant to show through. This is more likely to occur in women who are thin with a small amount of breast tissue and in women who have thin or poor-quality skin. If you do not want to compromise on a larger breast implant, there are other options to further decrease your risk for rippling.
Smooth silicone gel Implants may be the answer.
Because certain silicone gel implants are more dense than saline implants, they do not wrinkle as easily. Smooth implants (as opposed to textured) are also associated with lower rates of rippling. Our practice offers many types of breast implants, but they most commonly use MENTOR® smooth-surface silicone gel breast implants.
The implant profile: high works better.
High-profile silicone gel implants usually do better than moderate-profile implants with regard to rippling or wrinkling. High-profile implants come in both silicone and saline. They have a narrower base and higher projection than standard implants. While many women prefer high-profile implants, they do not look as natural on women who have a wide chest base.
How implant placement is the key to success.
Choosing to place the implant beneath the chest muscle (called submuscular placement) is another way to prevent implant rippling because the implant will not be visible through the skin. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mohan will assess all of your desires and concerns for breast augmentation and help you decide which options will meet your needs.
Dr. Mohan corrects breast implant rippling with breast revision surgery. The technique she uses for revision will depend on several factors, including how your initial implants were placed and the type and size of implant you chose for your initial augmentation.
What surgery will I need to fix rippling?
Some cases require complex revision techniques, which include internal capsulorrhaphy (medical term for the repair of a tear or surgical incision in any capsule) sutures, creation of neo-pockets (a new pocket created with a specialized medical product called acellular dermal matrix), mastopexy (breast lift), fat grafting, or reinforcement. Dr. Mohan has also had significant success with their techniques of in-office deflation and implant exchange.
If you are concerned about the risk of implant rippling or if you are now experiencing this complication, please contact our practice by calling 713.627.1200 or filling out our online contact form today.
Breast revision surgery: The facts.
Dr. Mohan uses the most advanced surgical techniques to correct a range of issues from a primary breast augmentation. Her procedures include resolving:
Percutaneous implant deflation
Breast implant rippling
Breast implant rupture
Breast implant size change
One of the world's leading breast implant surgeons
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