Breast implant rippling refers to situations where implants develop wrinkles and the skin around the breast appears folded or creased. This typically occurs because the implant was not filled correctly, or not properly covered by breast and skin tissue. If your implants have begun to ripple, Dr. David Passaretti can perform breast implant rippling revision surgery at his Darien, CT, practice. When this issue is caused by saline implants, we can remove them and replace them with silicone implants that have a much lower incidence of rippling. To schedule a personal consultation, reach out to our practice today.
Breast implant rippling occurs most often with saline implants, since they are filled with a saltwater solution that is less resilient to external forces than the more viscous solution used in silicone implants. However, it is important to note that rippling is still possible with silicone implants. In many cases, rippling occurs because saline implants are over- or under-filled. When an implant is over-filled, the edge of the shell can begin to pull, resulting in rippling. Conversely, an under-filled implant can wrinkle or fold because it is insufficiently filled.
Women who have undergone subglandular (above the pectoral muscle) breast augmentation with saline implants are at an increased risk of developing this complication. Since there is more tissue covering the implant with submuscular (under the pectoral muscle) placement, the likelihood of rippling is smaller. Furthermore, women with thinner frames are also more likely to experience visual breast implant rippling.
Regardless of the cause of rippling, most women who experience this complication will find that it affects their confidence and compromises the results of their breast augmentation procedure. If you are experiencing saline breast implant rippling, Dr. Passaretti can replace them with new silicone implants to help ensure a more uniform appearance and prevent future rippling. Even if only one implant has begun to ripple, we typically recommend replacing both with silicone implants, since both implants must be the same type to achieve optimum results.
We will perform this procedure in our state-licensed operating facility to ensure your comfort and safety. During the corrective procedure, Dr. Passaretti will create an incision to access your implant. Once the old implant has been removed, the new implant will be set in place. If future rippling is a concern, we can use subglandular placement. Dr. Passaretti will evaluate the look, size, and shape of the new implant or implants before making any necessary adjustments and closing the incisions. After surgery, you will follow recommendations similar to recovery from breast augmentation.
Rippled implants can have a significant impact on a patient's confidence. Fortunately, Dr. Passaretti and his skilled staff are here to help. When you visit our practice, we will customize treatment according to your unique needs and aesthetic goals. By undergoing breast implant rippling revision surgery, we can restore your curves and sense of femininity. To learn more about revision surgery for breast implant rippling, schedule a consultation today.