Rippling on New Silicon Implants? (photo)
- Asked by Laylah
- 11 months ago
Had saline implants for over 25 years, replaced them with Silicon 4 months ago under the muscle once again. I am 5'7 and weight 128 pounds, very thin build. I'm told due to my build and thin skin, the rippling that I am experiencing with these new implants I must live with or consider the gummy bear implants or add more skin which I will not do. Somehow I think if I were to go larger to perhaps 650 + cc versus the 500cc, I would eliminate the ripples as the implant feels loose inside. Thx
Rippling with New Silicone Implants
I am sorry that you are still having problems with wrinkling, but I do not think a larger implant is the answer. Most likely your new implants were placed in the original implant pocket. For patients who are very thin, this may often result in persistent wrinkling. The best solution is having the implants reposition behind the original pocket or adding a dermal matrix for additional coverage. You should discuss this with your surgeon or get another opinion from one with extensive experience in revisional breast surgery. Good luck.
Rippling Effect Due to More To Soft Tissue Thinness and Laxity After Breast Implant Exchange
By appearance and history it appears you have too much skin (soft tissue) for the existing size of your breast implants. The rippling you feel is more of your skin that is not adequately expanded over the implants rather than the rippling of the implants per se. Increasing the size of the implants may provide some improvement but is not the complete answer. A dermal matrix to provide better support and tissue thickness between the implants and the overlying soft tissue is likely also needed.
Web reference: http://www.eppleyplasticsurgery.com
Options for treatment of breast implant ripples
First let me advise you to not go bigger, that will often make the type of ripples shown in the picture (traction ripples) worse. You did not say if the implants are under the muscle, which often helps the upper part of the breast. High-profile implants may be more associated with traction ripples. Another thing to consider, somewhat paradoxically, is to add more support from below to hold the implant up. The best way to do this is with an acellular dermal matrix material such as Strattice. (ADM's can also be placed to add coverage over the upper part.)
Web reference: http://www.renewingyou.com/
Recent Breast Implant Revision Reviews
Breast Implant Revision Photos
Rippling and silicone
If you have rippling with silicone, then you probably could benefit from Strattice placement to camouflage the rippling.
Ripples with silicone implants
Two assumptions I will make--these appear to be submuscular, and are without evidence of capsular contracture.If I am wrong, the likeliest contributing factor has been so identified.
The likeliest "cause" is the thinness of the cover of skin and muscle over the implant. Larger implants are not likely to solve this, and may add to the problem by making it present on both sides.
If this bothers you enough, adding soft tissue coverage with an acellular dermal matrix (Strattice) offers the likeliest chance of improvement.
Thank you for sharing your course and these photos. All the best.
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