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What Causes Rippling in Breast Implants?

Breast Revision Fort WorthFor the vast majority of our patients, one of their main goals for their breast augmentation is to have it look natural. They want to get more cleavage, have more youthful looking breasts without people knowing that they have had a “boob job.” However, there are several obvious signs of having breast augmentation and one of the most recognizable is something called “breast implant rippling.” When this happens, you’ll be able to notice ripples on the outside and underside of the breasts. There are several reasons why this might happen and we’re going to look at them in this blog post. The good news is that rippling and many other issues with breast implants can be solved with a procedure called a breast revision. Fort Worth women that want to get large (or smaller) implants or who may be experiencing rippling or capsular contracture, can get relief with this procedure. If you’re having any problems with your implants, make sure you call Dr. Max today at 817-529-9199. You can also look through our gallery of Before-and-After pictures to get an idea of the kind of world-class results that our patients get.

Common Causes of Rippling

Before we get into what causes rippling we want to mention that you can correct this issue with breast revision. Fort Worth women who suffer from rippling have been able to get gorgeous, natural-looking breast implants with the procedure.

  • Type of implant – One of the reasons why saline implants have declined in popularity is because they tend to produce more rippling than silicone or cohesive gel implants (gummy bear implants). This is because they are filled with a watery saline solution. When you pick up a saline implant you’ll notice the edges will ripple. Silicone implants are filled with a thicker, stickier gel. Cohesive gel implants are even denser which is one reason they tend to feel denser. So switching to a different type of implant could help alleviate the problem.
  • Breast tissue – Patients who opt for breast augmentation usually do so because they have small breasts. In these cases, the risk for rippling is greater because there is less breast tissue to cover the implant. When the tissue is thinner, the edges of the implant may be seen through the skin.
  • Placement location – There are two placement options for breast implants: under the chest muscle or on top of it. For women that have thin breast tissue, placing the implant under the muscle gives more coverage to the implant. This reduces the chances of seeing rippling on the sides. If your implant is placed on top of the muscle, Dr. Max can go back in and place the implant under the muscle during a breast revision.

Fort Worth women have several options to correct rippling during a breast revision. Switching the type of implant, changing the placement, or even increasing the size can all help to fix the problem.

A great way to make sure that you don’t have to go through breast revision is to work with a surgeon that has the skill and experience to do the job right the first time. Dr. Max has worked with hundreds of patients and delivered outstanding results. Our patients absolutely love how efficient and gentle he is. On top of being an Ivy League graduate, Dr. Max is also committed to total transparency and honesty.

Contact our office in Fort Worth for a breast revision consultation at 817-529-9199.