I have a rippling of the left breast and also some mild pain though I don't think that there is a difference in size. What is procedure to fix rippling breast? Will it mean another surgery? I just had this done in May 2007.
How to Fix Breast Rippling 2 Years After Breast Augmentation?
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Ripples after a breast augmetnation
Rippling and palpability of breast implants
Thank you for the question.
Palpability and rippling of breast implants may be related to several factors. These include the amount of soft tissue and breast tissue coverage over the breast implants, the position of the breast implants (submuscular versus sub glandular), the type of implants (saline versus silicone), and the degree of overfilling of saline filled implants. Generally, weight loss will extension weight any rippling/palpability of the implants. Deflation of the implants will also increase the rippling/palpability of the implants.
Correction of the rippling may involve further surgery including implant pocket exchange if possible ( sub glandular to submuscular), implant exchange if possible (saline to silicone), and/or the use of allograft to provide an additional layer of tissue between the implant and the patient's skin. Patient weight gain (if possible) may also be helpful.
Having discussed these issues, PREVENTION of rippling/probability is of critical importance.
Much of the final “look” achieved after breast augmentation surgery depends on several factors:
1. The initial shape, size (volume of breast tissue), symmetry of the patient's breasts. In general, the better the preoperative breast appearance the more likely the breast augmentation “look” and "feel" will be optimal.
2. The experience/skill level of the surgeon is important in determining the final outcome. For example, the accurate and gentle dissection of the breast implant pockets are critical in producing long-term well-placed breast implants. I personally think that these 2 factors are more important than any others, including type (saline or silicone) or model (low/moderate/high profile) of implant. Make sure you're working with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. 3. The type of implant used may determine the final outcome, especially if the patient does not have significant covering breast or adipose tissue. For example, some surgeons feel that silicone implants have a more natural look and feel than saline implants because silicone gel has a texture that is similar to breast tissue. Each patient differs in the amount of breast tissue that they have. If a patient has enough breast tissue to cover the implant, the final result will be similar when comparing saline implants versus silicone gel implants. If a patient has very low body fat and/or very little breast tissue, the silicone gel implants may provide a more "natural" result. On the other hand, saline implants have some advantages over silicone implants. Silicone implant ruptures are harder to detect. When saline implants rupture, they deflate and the results are seen almost immediately. When silicone implants rupture, the breast often looks and feels the same because the silicone gel may leak into surrounding areas of the breast without a visible difference. Patients may need an MRI to diagnose a silicone gel rupture. Saline implants are also less expensive than the silicone gel implants. Other differences involve how the breast implants are filled. Saline implants are filled after they’re implanted, so saline implants require a smaller incision than prefilled silicone breast implants. On May 10, 2000, the FDA granted approval of saline-filled breast implants manufactured by Mentor Corporation and McGhan Medical. To date, all other manufacturers’ saline-filled breast implants are considered investigational. As of 2006, the FDA has approved the use of silicone gel implants manufactured by the Mentor Corporation and Allergan (formerly McGhan) for breast augmentation surgery for patients over the age of 22.
4. The size and model of breast implant used may make a significant difference in the final outcome, including the presence of rippling/palpability of the implants.
I hope this helps.
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Minimizing the rippling
Rippling occurs when the overlying breast tissue is thin. There are several ways to diminish the rippling: 1) Placing the implants subgladular pocket to submuscular pocket, 2) Overfilling of the saline implants although this will make your breasts fill firmer, 3) Switching the saline implants to silicone implants, 4)Fat grafting into breast tissue.
How do diminish rippling
You best opton to diminsh rippling of the implant is to consder the use of high profile silicone getl filled implants.
Several options for breast rippling
Different options available to fix rippling:
1. Change implant to gel if you have saline.
2. Change pocket to under the muscle.
3. Use alloderm or similar material.
4. Fat grafting between the capsule and the skin.
Your plastic surgeon will be able to choose the best option for you. Best of luck!
Several things to do
As the other surgeons have mentioned rippling is more common from saline breast implants, implants placed subglandularly and thin skin. The implant will thin the overlying tissue and this is why is doesn't show up for some time after the surgery.
If the implants are already subpectoral silicone than I agree that fat grafting may help. If they're saline than change to silicone but I would still recommend fat grafting.
Consider fat grafting if these other procedures won't work.
After all of these techniques the other doctors have suggested, you may still have ripples because you have such thin breast tissue and fat. I have had some reasonable luck in such cases with fat grafting over the area where the ripples show. Even in thin women you can usually find some amount of fat on the medial thighs.
It depends on your exam and implants
Rippling is typically due to thinner tissues and is more common with saline implants. It is difficult to provide more thickness to your tissues although there is a material that can be placed called Alloderm but unfortunately it is quite expensive to use. If you have a saline implant now you might consider changing to a cohesive gel implant. Although not yet FDA-approved, the "gummy bear" silicone implant is even less apt to ripple. Visirt your plastic surgeon to see what your options are. Best of luck.
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