If you see folds or wrinkles of the breast implant through the skin, it means that your implant is rippling. Rippling typically shows on the bottom or sides of the breast, rarely in the middle, next to the cleavage. There are cases when rippling is only felt through the touch. But most of the time wrinkles are visible through the skin. As a result, your breasts may look very unnatural.
Knowing about the risk of rippling (or wrinkling) breast implants before the surgery is very important. Your surgeon should warn you about this risk well in advance. What’s more, a good doctor will also tell you how to prevent this unaesthetic side effect of breast augmentation. Let’s start with the causes of breast implants rippling and wrinkling.
So what causes rippled breast implants? In saline implants, saltwater moves freely within the silicone shell causing small waves to appear. They are like those seen on the surface of a lake. These waves sometimes cause the breasts to ripple as well. Rippling occurs more frequently in saline implants. If you are thin, you have increased risks for rippling because you have less tissue over your implants.
If you are worried that you may experience rippling as one of the risks of breast implants, tell your surgeon about it. If it’s possible, he will recommend silicone gel implants that don’t tend to ripple or wrinkle even in thin women with small breasts. You can read more about silicone gel-filled gummy bear breast implants and their pros and cons here.
My breast implant feels rippled: what to do?
The position of your breast implants (under or over the muscle) and the level of overfilling of saline implants can also influence the occurrence of rippling. Correction of rippling usually involves further surgery. Your doctor may recommend implant exchange (saline to modern silicone), implant position exchange (subglandular to submuscular) or the use of allograft to ensure an additional layer of tissue covering the implant.
It’s also worth mentioning that rippling is worse in textured than in smooth implants. Always make sure that you’re dealing with a very experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Because your doctor’s decisions and the options that he chooses for you also influence the complications that may or may not occur after the surgery. If you’ve noticed breast implant rippling, the best option is consulting you operating surgeon. He will recommend the best solution for you.