Correction of Rippling

Rippling can occur with saline or silicone implants, whether they are placed above or below the muscle. There are many causes for rippling.

  1. Capsule Contracture may cause rippling. In many cases, rippling is the result of capsule formation which can squeeze the implant and cause rippling. The best way to prevent capsule formation is to perform the post-operative breast exercises given to you by Dr. Katsaros and staff.

    Capsule contracture occurs in 5% of breast augmentation cases. if this occurs, re-operation with capsulotomy or capsulectomy would be required.

  2. Rippling is much more likely to occur to saline (water) implants than silicone (gel) implants, especially if both arms are brought inwards. On the left, the patient’s saline implants ripple whenever she brings her arms in.

    Patients who have saline implants placed above the muscle and are A cup-are more likely to ripple. The rippling shown here, was from an above muscle, saline implant placed on a man. Needless to say, there was no breast tissue covering this saline implant, resulting in rippling. Replacing the saline implant with a silicone implant corrected the problem.