Breast Implant Rippling

breast implant ripplingBreast 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.

Dr. Ciaravino has much experience correcting implant rippling because patients look to him as a breast revision specialist. Whether you are concerned that you will get implant rippling or you suspect you already have it, Dr. Ciaravino has the answers for the prevention and correction of this complication.

What increases the risk of implant rippling?

  • Poor skin quality or thin skin
  • Small amount of breast tissue
  • Saline implants
  • Large implants
  • Textured implants
  • Subglandular implant placement

How to Avoid Implant Rippling

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 patient cannot control, there is no guarantee that you can completely prevent this complication. However, Dr. Ciaravino has a few recommendations that will help decrease your risk.

Choose a Smaller Implant

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.

Choose a Smooth, Silicone Gel Implant

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. Dr. Ciaravino offers many types of breast implants, but he most commonly uses MENTOR® smooth-surface silicone gel breast implants.

Choose a High-Profile Implant

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 more narrow 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.

Choose Submuscular Implant Placement

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. Ciaravino will assess all of your desires and concerns for breast augmentation and help you decide which options will meet your needs.

How Dr. Ciaravino Corrects Implant Rippling

Dr. Ciaravino corrects breast implant rippling with breast revision surgery. The technique he 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.

Some cases require complex revision techniques, which include internal capsulorrhaphy sutures, creation of neo-pockets, mastopexy, fat grafting, or reinforcement. Dr. Ciaravino has also had significant success with his technique 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 board-certified breast revision specialist Dr. Ciaravino by calling (713) 627-1200 or filling out our online contact form today.