Rippling or wrinkling occurs when the edge of your breast implant can be seen or felt underneath your skin after your surgery is completed. There are several ways to reduce this rare complication, and your choices before your breast augmentation procedure may affect your long-term aesthetic results.
Choosing silicone breast implants over saline breast implants is a crucial choice to reduce rippling. Because the of the nature of the filler material of silicone gel versus saline solution, a silicone breast implant will have a lower risk of wrinkling than a saline breast implant.
Placing your breast implant under the muscle will also reduce your risk of feeling the edge of your breast implant. The more “stuff” covering your implant, such as skin, breast tissue, and muscle, will lower the chance of feeling the edge of your implant after your breast augmentation.
Patients who are very thin may be at increased risk of rippling. Even thought a silicone breast implant may be under the muscle, if you have little body fat, you may be able to feel or see the edge of your breast implant. You may find this more noticeable when you are standing up, and then you lean over and feel the side of your breasts.
If you notice breast implant edges, you may find it more noticeable on the sides of your breasts. This is because there is little to no muscles on the sides, near the underarm area. The pectoralis muscle that covers your breast implant is thicker and more prominent over the top, middle, and bottom sections of your breasts, and not very thick on the sides.
Choosing silicone breast implants under the muscle before your breast augmentation procedure is the most direct way to reduce the risk of breast implant wrinkling or rippling. If you have saline implants, or have them placed above the muscle, or both, then you may wish to have the breast implant or position changed to reduce the ability to feel the edge of your implants.
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