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Fat Grafting can Reduce the Appearance of Breast Implant Rippling

Fat Grafting can Reduce the Appearance of Breast Implant Rippling

Breast augmentation cosmetic surgery has continued to rank among the most popular procedures in the U.S. ever since the FDA approved silicone and saline implants for cosmetic breast enhancement. Success rates of the procedure have improved dramatically with advancements in surgical techniques and innovative breast implant qualities. However, sometimes the implants can still develop post-op complications.

Implant rippling is one of the common issues, which can compromise the shape and appearance of the breast. The problem can be addressed to a magnificent extent with a fat grafting technique. As compared to breast revision, fat grafting is a much lesser invasive procedure to improve breast appearance after implant rippling. Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt provides this procedure to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding areas.

Why Rippling Occurs?  

In some cases, the patient may choose extra large breast implants that are oversized for her breast anatomy, while in other situations, the cosmetic surgeon may make a wrong judgment of size, and recommend oversized implants. The result can be over-stretching of the breast tissue. If the available breast tissue proves to be inadequate in covering the implant, rippling may occur.

While implant rippling can be corrected with breast replacement surgery, but that is a complicated and expensive option. Most patients will have the option to choose fat grafting procedure to address the problem of implant rippling. Fat grafting can add more volume and coverage to the existing implant. This will not resolve the rippling effect, but make it significantly less noticeable.

High Precision

A key advantage with fat grafting technique to reduce the appearance of implant rippling is the precision. The procedure allows for the placement of extra fat in very precise location to achieve maximum coverage. Harvested fat cells can be placed in the desired spots to improve shape and fullness. Thin-bodied women can be the best beneficiaries of fat grafting.

Fat grafting enables the surgeon to create a sort of padding over the rippled implants, leading to thickening of the breast tissue. It volumizes the upper pole of the breasts, supporting increased coverage of the underlying implants. Breast asymmetries can also be reduced with fat grafting.

Choosing the Right Surgeon  

Fat grafting is a less invasive technique, and may appear to be a rather simple procedure at the outset. However, in reality this procedure very sensitive and involves high skills and experience. Only an experienced plastic surgeon would be able to achieve consistent looking results in every case. From fat harvesting to fat purifying to fat grafting, every stage of the procedure will make an impact on the final result. Dr. Quardt provides fat grafting to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas.

Some degree of fat loss will almost always occur during the fat harvesting stage. However, a skilled surgeon can minimize the loss and thereby reduce the number of grafts needed. The most adept surgeons are typically able to ensure that a minimum of 70 to 90% of the injected fat does not perish but is able to live after this stage is completed.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at  760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

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