Should I Consider Breast Augmentation After Weight Loss?

Imagine the joy of losing a significant amount of excess body weight and achieving a great figure but then feeling dismayed by what weight loss has done to your breasts. Many women who lose weight end up with loose skin, sagging, flattened breast contours, and smaller breasts. Because our skin loses elasticity as we age, it’s not able to shrink back to the way it was before the weight loss. A woman’s breasts are one of the first places to lose volume during weight loss.

Fortunately, patients can correct post-weight loss sagging and volume loss by choosing a breast augmentation with implants at The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery. These are provided in either silicone or saline and are available in different shapes, sizes, and types. With implants, fullness can be restored to the upper portions of the breasts, reshaping and reviving their youthful appearance.

During your consultation with our plastic surgeons and staff, all of your options will be covered to help you make the best decision for your specific body requirements. You will also learn about the risks and side effects of breast augmentation surgery.

What Does a Breast Augmentation Procedure Involve?

Performed as an outpatient procedure, breast augmentation surgery can take between 1—2 hours to complete. In most cases, the incision is made in the breast crease or around the areolas, a breast pocket is carefully created, and the breast implants are then inserted behind the chest muscle.

For some patients, implants may be placed in front of the chest muscles behind the breast tissue. The sutures used during your surgery will dissolve on their own, and you will be fitted with a surgical bra to minimize swelling.

What Is Is Like Recovering From a Breast Augmentation Procedure?

Since you will be drowsy from the anesthesia, make sure someone is available to drive you home after your procedure and to stay with you for the first 24 hours.

For the first 7—10 days following your surgery, expect some bruising, swelling, soreness, tightness, and itching. You can take over-the-counter medication or one prescribed by your doctor to ease any pain or discomfort. Plan to take a break of at least one week from work to recover, and avoid lifting anything heavy and all other strenuous activities for at least four weeks.

Should I Consider Any Additional Surgery?

A popular alternative to standalone breast augmentation is where it is combined with a breast lift. Known as a masto-augmentation, this often produces better results than an augmentation alone— especially where there is loose skin in the breast area or where the nipples remain pointing downwards.

A breast lift removes the excess skin and tissue from the breasts. It also lifts and reshapes the breasts so that they look youthful and firm again. Additionally, the nipples and areolas can be reshaped and repositioned to be proportional to the breast’s new dimensions. This combination procedure is often the best option for those who have lost a significant amount of weight.

Considering a Breast Augmentation Surgery?

To help you create a unique treatment plan tailored to your specific desires, contact our team of breast augmentation experts and learn more about your breast surgery options.

Schedule your consultation at The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery by calling us at (410) 744-0900 or by contacting us on our website. Be sure to let us know if you have questions, need more information about breast augmentation, or would like to speak to one of our experts. We look forward to hearing from you soon.