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How to Avoid Rippling After Having Breast Implants

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Although a lot of women all over the world have benefited greatly from breast implants, it has also its own set of possible risks and complications, one of which is rippling. Here at our North Carolina breast enhancement surgery practice, breast implant rippling or wrinkling is one of the most common concerns of women who seek Dr. Buchanan’s expert breast augmentation services.

By and large, rippling (particularly seen on the outer edge of the underarm) is not an unusual occurrence after having either silicone or saline implants. It largely has to do with the following:

  • When the breast implant is too large. This is often referred to as traction rippling and can happen in both saline and silicone implants. When the implant is too large, the connective tissues and skin tend to strained against the large implant which in turn results to the rippling appearance.
  • When the saline breast implant is not filled up enough. This type of rippling is known as full rippling .

Fortunately, you and your plastic surgeon can come up with an individualized breast augmentation plan that will help avoid or minimize rippling. Generally, the following steps can be done:

  • Although rippling can happen in both types of implants, it is more common in saline and/or textured implants. Thus, it may be best to choose smooth and appropriately-sized implants.
  • If you choose to have saline implants, it may be best to put them underneath the muscle as the muscle can help obscure the wrinkling that can occur.
  • Don’t be too skinny and don’t gain too much weight either.

Now that you already know what to do to avoid rippling, get in touch with us to learn more about rippling in parallel to your current body frame and preferences.  We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!


Thank you for your business over the years! Dr. Buchanan is closing his practice and the Center For Plastic Surgery's last day open will be January 31, 2023.