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How to Prevent Rippling


The media likes to highlight bad plastic surgery, particularly celebrities who have undergone plastic surgery with less than ideal outcomes. They take pictures and post them with glee, and many women wonder why these people who have so many resources available to them have this happen. Is it because anyone who undergoes breast augmentation is doomed to have rippled or otherwise strange looking breasts eventually?

Absolutely not.

There are only three factors that contribute to a breast augmentation result:

  1. Surgical Technique - This includes type of implant, implant placement, the skill and experience of the surgeon

  2. Patient Anatomy - What your breasts start like is the single largest influence on your result

  3. Patient compliance - Often overlooked, and one of the most frustrating parts of Dr. Feldman’s practice, is what the patient does, or doesn’t do, after surgery in regards to post-operative instructions and restrictions. This plays as large a role, or possible larger, in the long term result than the surgery itself.

When the media highlights a poor result, it’s impossible to guess which of the three factors played a role.

At Bancroft Feldman, the breast expert who performs our breast augmentation surgeries is Dr. Evan Feldman. Dr. Feldman is both an engineer and a board certified plastic surgeon, and he performs between 400 and 500 breast augmentations yearly. He specializes in breast augmentation

surgery, which means that this is his area of expertise, increasing the probability of satisfaction with your beautiful new breasts.

One of possible problems of breast augmentation procedure is rippling. Rippling is the wrinkling of the implant that shows through the skin of the patient. It’s most common on very thin, small-framed women, and women who do not have much breast tissue or whose tissue quality is poor from aging, sun damage or changes from pregnancy. In these cases, often there simply isn’t enough tissue to render the implant invisible. Therefore, rippling is rarely a reflection on the quality of the surgery, but simply a reflection of the amount/quality of tissue hiding the implant and the type of implant selected.

Rippling is more likely with saline implants. With silicone implants, rippling is less likely, but still possible depending upon the amount/quality of tissue hiding the implant. Also with larger implant sizes, the less the skin and muscle can fully cover the implant the higher the risk of rippling- which is why the consultation process with Dr. Feldman is so important to ensuring the beautiful outcome you desire. Many women come in with a wish list photo for their breasts when what they really want is not a specific type of implant, but a specific look. Dr. Feldman has the knowledge and experience necessary to guide his patients to the type of implant that will make that possible.

If you are interested in breast augmentation, please call us at Bancroft Feldman today to schedule your free consultation. You can have the breasts you always wanted.

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