November 23, 2007, Newsletter Issue #45: Correcting Breast Implant Rippling

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Breast implant rippling is one of the major reasons why many breast augmentation patients wind up being dissatisfied with the results of their procedure. Breast implant rippling is when indents or waves on or above the implant are visible through the skin. Patients may be embarrassed by this effect and may wish to undergo an additional procedure to minimize the breast implant rippling. Some of the causes of the rippling may include a lack of tissue above the implant, the use of textured implants and under filling the implants.

If breast implant rippling is a problem and the patient opts to undergo an additional procedure to reduce the appearance of rippling, there are some factors to consider.One factor is the potential for placing the implant under the muscle if it was previously placed over the muscle. Imlants placed under the muscle are less likely to result in rippling. Also, silicone implants are less susceptible to breast implant rippling than saline implants. Implants that are textured are more susceptible to rippling. If textured implants were used in the original procedure, the patient may want to consider switching to implants that are not textured. These are just a few of the factors for the patient to consider when undergoing a procedure to minimize rippling, but the subject should be discussed with a surgeon to explore all available options.

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