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Most women who get breast augmentations don’t experience any post-op complications. However, there are rare known issues that may occur after having breast implants placed, which may require a breast revision surgery.

One example of a breast augmentation complication that should be fixed is rippling of the breast implant that is visible through the breast skin. But why do breast implants ripple, and what makes this phenomenon visible to the naked eye? Keep reading to learn more.

Why Breast Implants Ripple

Whether you choose to get silicone or saline breast implants placed, your implants will have a silicone outer shell that contains the implant material and keeps it intact. Breast rippling occurs when this silicone shell is visible through the breast skin.

There are 3 main reasons why breast implants ripple and may necessitate a breast revision surgery:

  • Breast Rippling Tends to Occur More Often in Women Who Have Very Little Natural Breast Tissue

It just doesn’t seem fair, but women who have very little natural breast tissue (which is often the reason they desire a breast augmentation in the first place), are more likely to have rippling occur than their larger-busted counterparts. If you experience this complication, though, a breast revision surgery with a different implant type or placement may help reduce your risk for future rippling.*

  • Saline Breast Implants are More Likely to Ripple than Silicone Breast Implants

While all breast implants have a silicone outer shell, there are two inside material types of implants to choose from: silicone or saline. Silicone breast implants are more gummy and cohesive. Saline breast implants, however, have more liquidity to them, which increases the risk that saline implants will ripple.

If you’re a woman with saline implants that have rippled, you may want to consider having Dr. Max of MP Plastic Surgery perform breast revision with silicone breast implants.

  • Breast Implants Are More Likely to Ripple When They are Placed Above the Pectoral Muscle

Breast implants can be placed in 2 positions: subglandularly, which means they’re placed above the pectoral muscle; or submuscularly, which means they’re placed behind the pectoral muscle.

As you may have already guessed, women who choose subglandular breast implant placement are more prone to rippling, because the implant doesn’t have the benefit of being hidden behind the pectoral muscle.

Your Revision Options with Dr. Max

Whether Dr. Max performed your original breast augmentation or you saw another surgeon for your breast implants, he has extensive experience helping all local women with breast revision surgery. Your specific surgical plan will be unique based on your anatomy, the type of implants you currently have, where they are currently placed, and Dr. Max’s best estimate as to why you experienced rippling in the first place.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you’re ready to trade your rippling implants for a new pair, call MP Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Max. Our practice can be reached at (817) 529-9199.

*Individual results may vary