I am 5'3 and 110 lbs. I had 300 cc saline breast implants placed under the muscle a little over a year ago. I have always been active, but recently started training for fitness competitions (including a once a week intense chest workout). I have noticed a significant amount of rippling on the sides and bottom of the implants. How can I correct this issue? If I stop my chest workouts or decrese the amount of weight will it correct itself? If not is there a way to minimize rippling without replacement? Thank you.
Rippling Due to Chest Workout After Breast Implants?
Doctor Answers 4
Factors that are associated with increased rippling include:
- Traditional Saline implants (IDEAL® Saline implants less likely)
- Textured implants
- Large implants
- Thin patients with low BMI
- Implants placed above the muscle
- Prior history of rippling
- Heavier and larger breasted women
- Using a highly cohesive form-stabile silicone implants (gummy bear)
- Smooth implants
- Smaller implants
- Submuscular placement
Rippling because of thin tissue
You have probably lost a lot of body fat due to your training regimen. As a result, your breast tissue is likely more think as well.
Saline implants are known to have a higher rate of rippling than silicone implants. The bottom and sides of your breasts are where the muscle is NOT covering the implant. Thus, if you're going to have rippling, it will be in these areas.
Unfortunately, other than gaining weight, the only other way to improve the rippling is to replace the implants with silicone implants.
Breast Implant rippling worse after working out
This is most likel caused by several different related conditions.
I assume that as you have been working out, you have become more fit and lean. This means that you may be losing body fat and subcutaneous tissue. As you body thins out, the irregularities and rippling in the implant which may have always been present may be more noticeable. I use a baseball covered with a silk sheet as an analogy; you will see every stitch on the baseball through the silk sheet. But if you cover it with a comforter, it will look like a smooth lump. You may be be developing silk sheets.
I have also noted that as people become more fit (especially their chest muscles), the pectoralis muscle tends to push the implants outward. It is in this area, that you have the least amount of coverage of the implant and the rippling becomes more visible.
If all other things are stable, it is unlikely that anything else is contributing to the rippling.
To answer the second half of your question: "if I stop...", only time will tell. Your best bet is to ease off on the pectoralis strengthening exercises. You may want to wear an underwire garment to help hold the implants towards the middle of the chest and avoid them falling to the outsides where they may be more visible. I am also sure you don't want to gain body fat so that is out of the question.
I hope this helps to explain.Implant
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The thin patient problem
Thin patients more commonly see rippling in the positions you describe as they have less tissue to cover the implants and there is little muscular coverage there. Changing to silicone gel implants can improve the appearance but is not always a complete solution.
What you have going on: your training results in more muscle mass and less fat under your skin. Both of these things make the implants more noticeable under the skin. The muscles move the implants more and the “thin” coverage makes it more apparent.
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