Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the size and volume of the breasts with surgical insertion of saline or silicone implants. Advanced techniques and superior implant qualities have made breast augmentation a highly reliable and predictable procedure. However, post-op complications may still occur in some cases of breast implant surgery.
Breast implant rippling is one of the most common types of complications that could occur at any stage after the surgery. Breast replacement surgery is an obvious treatment option, but it is an elaborate and costly procedure. An experienced plastic surgeon will usually recommend fat grafting technique to mitigate the appearance of implant rippling. Dr. Bryson Richards is a dedicated plastic surgeon who receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas for fat grafting.
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Why Implant Rippling Occurs?
If the patient has insisted on an oversized implant, which is inappropriate to the breast anatomy, or the surgeon has made a judgment error in choosing the implant size, it may result in the condition of implant rippling. Lack of sufficient breast tissue to cover the implant will cause the implant to stretch and develop rippling.
If the patient does not prefer breast replacement plastic surgery procedure to reduce rippling, the surgeon may suggest fat grafting technique. This technique is not designed to fix rippling, but it can make it less noticeable by adding volume and coverage over the implant into the breast tissue.
A major advantage with fat grafting surgery is that it enables the surgeon to place extra fat in precise locations over the implant. The harvested fat cells can be placed exactly over the rippling area to reduce its visibility and enhance shape and fullness. Fat grafting technique is typically helpful for women who have a natural thin built and have developed implant rippling due to insufficient breast tissue.
With fat grafting technique, the surgeon can provide a kind of padding over the implants, and promote thickening of tissue over the implant. Medial position is usually more difficult to improve when ripples, wrinkles, or folds occur in the implants after the surgery. Fat grafting will be able to serve as a less invasive and much simpler substitute to breast revision surgery. It can add volume to the upper pole of the breasts and cover the rippling of the underlying implants.
Choosing a Skilled Surgeon
Dr. Richards is a leading cosmetic surgeon providing fat grafting procedure to address implant rippling for patients in Las Vegas, NV and nearby locations. The procedure may appear simple on the outset, but it is a sensitive technique requiring high surgical skills and experience to maintain consistency of results. Starting from fat harvesting to fat purifying to fat grafting, every stage of the procedure will influence the final results significantly.
Surgeons with fat grafting expertise can typically ensure that about 70 to 90% of the injected fat survives. Marginal amount of fat loss is unavoidable, but minimal loss will help to reduce the number of fat grafts required.