Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores shape to your breast after mastectomy — surgery that removes your breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. One type of breast reconstruction uses breast implants — silicone devices filled with silicone gel or salt water saline — to reshape your breasts. Breast reconstruction with breast implants is a complex procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. The breast reconstruction process can start at the time of your mastectomy immediate reconstruction , or it can be done later delayed reconstruction. The breast reconstruction process usually requires two or more operations.
For up-to-date information on procedure costs, see the Average Costs page. Archived questions on Surgery. I recently had old implants saline removed and new ones silicone replaced along with a lift areola incision. They are Natrelle Silicone filled style 20 smooth texture.
Rippling is the term describing a condition affecting women with breast implants in which the implant is visible on the outer perimeter of the implant, on sides, bottom, or between the breasts, creating an unnatural wavy look. This condition occurs more often in thinner women with less natural breast tissue and is often the result of incorrect implant placement. Breast implant rippling also called implant wrinkling is one of the more common complications associated with breast augmentation surgery. It appears as a wavy, unnatural texture usually on the top portion of the breast.
Rippling is one of the more common side effects of breast augmentation. Breast implants are malleable so that they look and feel more natural in the breasts. However, this malleability means that they can also ripple. Visible rippling is less common than rippling that you can feel but not see.