What is breast implant rippling?
Breast implant rippling refers to folds or wrinkles in an implant that are visible through the skin. Rippling is typically most noticeable on the bottom or sides of an implant, but may also occur in the middle, near the cleavage.
What causes breast implant rippling?
There can be any number of reasons an implant would ripple. Among these are:
- Oversized implants
- Inadequate breast tissue covering an implant
- Under inflation of saline implants
If you notice rippling or any other aesthetic imperfections, Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey would be happy to meet with you to assess the problem and help you determine the most effective course of action. Dr. Corey does 3 times the national average of breast revision surgeries!
While there is no guarantee against rippling, there are steps that can be taken to reduce both its risks and visibility. Dr. Corey often suggests breast implant placement below the muscles in the chest to help ensure adequate tissue coverage. He may also suggest silicone implants – particularly in women with smaller natural breasts. Silicone breast implants are not ripple-proof, but their viscosity makes rippling and other aesthetic imperfections less likely.
What can I do when my implants ripple?
Dr. Corey offers a range of options that can be used to address breast implant rippling including:
- Adjusting capsules to hold the implant tighter
- Adding fluid to saline breast implants
- Changing breast implant size, shape, or type
- The use of a supportive matrix, like Strattice or SERI to produce a tissue barrier between the implant and the skin
In practice for more than 20 years, our board-certified plastic surgeon has been able to incorporate a range of breast implant revision options to meet the varied needs of each patient. The best way to determine which of these options can restore a smooth and balanced appearance to your breasts is through a one-on-one consultation at our conveniently located Scottsdale office.
To schedule your implant revision consultation, please contact John J. Corey, MD online or by calling 480-767-7700 today. Dr. Corey serves Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and surrounding Arizona communities.