Wrinkling, or rippling, is one of the potential side effects that can occur with breast implants. This unwelcome phenomenon describes when an implant becomes visible or palpable due to a noticeably wavy texture. Women who find themselves in this situation often seek revision surgery to correct the issue. Fortunately, there are a few precautions that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of wrinkling in the first place.
1. Sufficient Breast Tissue Coverage
One of the most important factors needed to achieve the best breast augmentation results is ensuring sufficient tissue coverage over the implant. For this reason, women with moderate to larger-sized natural breasts tend to be better candidates for saline implants, whereas women who have very little fat and smaller natural breasts may see better results with silicone.
2. Submuscular Placement
An implant can be placed either above or below the muscle in the breast pocket. Implants that are placed below the muscle have another layer of tissue to act as a natural cushion, which helps to minimize appearance of wrinkling. This option is particularly helpful for women with less existing breast tissue who would still prefer saline implants rather than silicone.
3. Saline vs. Silicone
Finally, silicone implants have a much lower rate of wrinkling than their saline counterparts. Unlike liquid-filled saline implants, silicone implants are filled with a thick, sticky gel that closely resembles natural breast tissue. Each type of implant has its upsides and downsides, but if avoiding breast implant wrinkling is a top concern, it’s best to opt for silicone.
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