Silicone breast implants, one of the most commonly chosen methods in breast aesthetics, ensure the breast reaches the desired size. Although physiological silicone implants offer long-term use, they can experience issues such as volume loss, rippling, and slippage due to various reasons over time.

Slippage, one of the most frequent problems encountered with silicone breasts, can be managed by paying attention to certain points. By examining the causes of slippage deformity, which patients are more likely to experience it, and the preventive measures that can be taken, you can also achieve the results you desire.

Why Does Slippage Occur in Silicone Breasts?

One of the most common concerns for patients considering silicone breast surgery is the possibility of slippage. The causes of silicone deformation and slippage vary depending on the operation and the patient. However, two main reasons stand out for the slippage of the silicone breast implant.

One reason for the slippage of the silicone implant placed in the pocket created during the aesthetic operation is the incompatibility of the pocket size. Situations where the pocket created inside the breast during the operation is slightly larger than necessary can lead to the slippage of the implant. Over time, the silicone implant moving within a too-large pocket creates an aesthetically unpleasing appearance. This issue can be corrected with a simple surgical operation, ensuring the silicone implant remains fixed in place.

Another cause of slippage in silicone breasts stems from the body’s reaction to the silicone implant. This problem, which emerges after a certain period following the surgery, results from the body’s reaction causing the formation of a capsule around the implant. This formed capsule can either remain fixed or lead to compression. Capsules that experience compression can cause the breast implant to shift, leading to slippage issues for patients. Correcting slippages caused by capsule contracture may require a second operation.

In Whom is Slippage Deformation More Common?

Although the occurrence of slippage deformation in silicone breasts can depend on the patient and the operation, there are specific points that stand out for making this problem more common. It is very important to discuss in detail with your doctor before the breast implant operation to explain the results you want. Ensuring the pocket prepared during this process is the same size as the silicone implant significantly reduces the likelihood of experiencing slippage deformation.

Patients who commonly experience slippage deformation in silicone implants are observed to have loose connective tissue. The loose nature of the tissue structure can prevent the breast from holding the implant firmly. Therefore, the likelihood of experiencing this problem after a certain period post-operation is higher in patients with loose connective tissues compared to those with tight connective tissues.

Another common factor among patients who frequently experience slippage deformation is the early straining of the chest muscles due to sports or necessity. The muscles should not be strained after the operation. At this point, discussing with your doctor which exercises you should avoid and for how long can help reduce the possibility of slippage deformation.

What Should Be Considered to Prevent Slippage in Silicone Implants?

Paying attention to certain key points can reduce the risk of encountering slippage problems with silicone implants. Here are some considerations to prevent slippage in silicone implants:

  • During your consultations, it’s important to select the right size pocket and implant that are suitable for you with your doctor
  • Avoiding straining your chest muscles for a certain period after the operation allows the implant to settle properly.
  •  Choosing a high-quality implant for insertion into the breast reduces the risk of slippage and other problems, providing long-term use.
  • It is recommended not to perform pectoral muscle movements between 3 and 6 months after placing the breast silicone.

For any questions you have about silicone breast operations and other aesthetic concerns, you can contact Op. Dr. Sedat Baş to get answers with an expert opinion.