When you lose weight, it’s an unfortunate fact of life that you don’t control where on your body the fat stays and where it disappears. For many women, weight loss results in reduced volume in the breasts. Significant weight loss can leave your breasts flattened and sagging.
That’s not a reason to give up on losing weight. The health benefits of being close to your ideal weight are huge, and the accomplishment of having a more slender figure can make you feel great about yourself. And for your breasts, there are remedies. An important one is breast augmentation.
HOW BREAST AUGMENTATION CAN HELP AFTER WEIGHT LOSS
Breast augmentation is designed to add volume to your breasts. We often think of it as a procedure to increase the bust size of women with naturally small breasts. But it can be an excellent solution for women whose breasts have lost volume or changed shape with weight loss. It’s the same procedure, used to correct a slightly different cosmetic issue.
In a breast augmentation procedure, silicone or saline implants are placed in the breast to add volume and fullness. The choices of implant type, shape, and size, and where the implants are placed should be made in consultation with a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. The goal is to create a natural look, with breasts that are in harmony with the rest of your body.
If the skin on your breasts is resilient, implants alone may give you the figure you want. If your skin has stretched with weight changes and your breasts are sagging or your nipples are pointing down, your plastic surgeon may recommend combining breast augmentation with a breast lift. A breast lift removes excess skin and re-sculpts the shape and position of the breasts to create a younger, perky profile. Breast augmentation combined with a breast lift can often give you the breast size and shape that works well with your newly slender body.
HOW WILL RESULTS OF AUGMENTATION BE AFFECTED IF YOU LOSE MORE WEIGHT?
If you’re losing weight and considering breast augmentation, it’s generally best to wait until you’re close to your ideal weight before having the procedure. While weight changes won’t affect the implants, they can affect the appearance of your breasts. When you consult with your plastic surgeon to choose the size of your implants, for example, the decision will be based on the size and shape of your breasts at the time, and the contours of your body.
How close is close enough to your ideal weight? Weight gain or loss of 10 to 15 pounds won’t typically affect the look of your augmented breasts. But if you were to lose another 30 pounds after having implants, your breasts could look out of proportion to your body.
There’s another reason to have the surgery when you’re close to your ideal weight. The risk of complications from the procedure is higher for patients whose BMI (body mass index) is outside a healthy range.
For best results, complete your weight loss before having implants, then do your best to maintain a stable weight after, with sustainable eating and physical activity habits.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BREAST AUGMENTATION IN NEW ORLEANS
Dr. Russel Hendrick at the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon with special expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the body. Call us at (504) 533-8848 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.