Header: Credit: Shutterstock It is exactly how its sounds, it is wrinkling of the breast implant surface that may be seen and or felt. Only a small percentage of woman experience wrinkling on the surface of the breast. Commonly rippling is felt along the outer side of the breast and the inner side of the breast next to the cleavage.

What causes rippling?

Rippling is caused by poor tissue coverage i.e. women with small breasts or who have a lack of breast tissue are more likely to have rippling post op. Although many implants including Mentor which are used by MYA help to prevent this risk. All mentor implants come with a textured surface call SILTEX and are filled with cohesive gel which is safe and aesthetically pleasing. They even come in three degrees of filling from soft to firm. Your MYA specialist surgeon will discuss which the best is for you and your result. The Mentor MemoryGel breast implant FDA (food and drug association) core study of 552 patients showed wrinkling or rippling in only 1.3% of cases which I am sure you will agree is a very low figure.

Subglandular (over the muscle) breast implant placement

Breast implants that are placed over the muscle offer the least amount of coverage unless you currently have breast tissue. Women with very little breast tissue are at the higher risk of rippling when their implants are placed over the muscle, this means that the surgeon might choose to place the implant under the muscle to reduce the risk of rippling and increase the likelihood of a natural result. This will be discussed in your initial consultation with your MYA breast specialist surgeon, who following a physical examination, will discuss the best implant placement to achieve aesthetically pleasing results.

Weight loss

Rippling will be less visible the thicker the skin/ fat tissue that covers the implant. Women who have dramatic weight loss following a breast enlargement will increase their risk of rippling, as when weight is lost, it also comes from the breast tissue which reduces the amount of tissue covering the implant. Your surgeon will discuss these factors in your surgical consultation and if you are planning on losing weight, it would be beneficial to do so prior to surgery and to attend another surgeon consultation as the placement of the implant might change along with your BMI (Body Mass Index).

Changes in hormones during pregnancy

These can cause breasts to increase and decrease in size thus affecting the layer of breast tissue covering the implant when the skin becomes thin this can cause rippling to occur. MYA surgeons have a wealth of experience and have carried out thousands of breast enlargement procedures with amazing results. Like any cosmetic surgery procedure there are risks involved and our surgeons are correct to inform you of these prior to surgery to ensure you make an informed decision. We hope that this blog has helped to explain and make rippling a little clearer. To discuss this subject further why not join the MYA Space forum with over thirty thousand members all happy to discuss all things cosmetic surgery related.