Rippling at 6 weeks?

I had my surgery July 28. I was very small(not even an A) and had little tissue. I went with 290cc CPG. They said I may have some rippling on the sides. I can feel rippling all over but can see it. I am only 6 weeks post op. Will I eventually see the rippling too? I hope not. Help!

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Unfortunately all implants ripple to some degree and this is more noticeable with little breast tissue coverage over the implant. You may eventually see the rippling but this is not a guarantee. You are still healing and the cpg implant has less rippling than other implants. Fat grafting can be done at a later date if you want to try and hide any visible rippling. Best of luckJosh Olson MD


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Palpability of the implant is common. Rippling occurs when the tissues are very thin.  As the swelling subsides, you may or may not see it. Time will tell.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Rippling with a CPG

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All implants have some rippling, but you usually can't notice it. The more tissue that you have covering the implant, the less you notice. That tissue may include muscle, breast tissue, fat, and capsule. As time passes, the scar capsule matures, and in some cases, smooths out the implant tissue interface and the ripples are less noticeable. Weight loss can also increase the irregularities that you notice as you loose more fat. In general, I would wait at least six months before doing anything to change the augmentation. If you're still not happy, might want to look at other cohesive implants. Though I do like the CPG, mostly because they are so soft, that can be a problem with surface irregularities. Other implants are stiffer.

Peter D. Geldner, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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