Summary: Candidates for breast augmentation surgery consider a variety of things before their surgery; implant specifications, incision location, and who their surgeon will be. One thing that many women forget the consider is their current weight. Are they planning on losing weight in the future? If so, what role does weight loss have for a woman considering breast implants?
When considering getting breast augmentation, there are many factors a surgery candidate takes into account: cost of procedure, choosing the right doctor, benefits, side effects, and recovery time, to name just a few. But what about weight? It’s common for women who are considering enhancing their breasts to also have weight loss goals, but many patients are unsure of their timelines. Is it best to lose weight before or after surgery? It’s a popular topic among potential patients, with a seemingly infinite amount of opinions and answers.
Fluctuation of weight can directly affect the size of natural breasts, which can plump up considerably with weight gain and deflate with weight loss. It’s a natural progression that most women are very familiar with as they experience weight changes through the course of their lives. Does the same hold for weight gain or loss following breast augmentation?
“For many plastic surgical procedures, reaching an ideal weight greatly enhances the final result,” according to one plastic surgeon’s Huffington Post blog entry, adding that such operations “are positively impacted by weight loss prior to surgery and maintenance afterward.”
An overwhelming majority of professionals agree that it is beneficial for a patient to be at or near her optimal weight prior to breast enhancement surgery, creating a stable foundation to achieve the best possible results. Because a woman’s natural breast volume and shape are directly impacted by her weight, a drastic change can severely alter the results of the procedure.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® says on its website that actively gaining or losing weight post-op can change the shape and size of the breasts and may permanently affect the appearance. Imagine a significant amount of weight loss after a breast surgery — your body could potentially shed the extra pounds from everywhere but your breasts, making them appear disproportionate to the rest of your frame. In addition, weight loss has the ability stretch and loosen your skin, which could cause sagging of the breasts and loss of fullness.
A qualified plastic surgeon takes many factors into consideration to determine what breast implant option is best for each patient. Breast augmentation affects not just your chest, but your overall proportions — which is why the size and shape of your body truly matters during a consultation with your surgeon. Dr. Michael J. Weinberg, a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentationin the Toronto area, says on his site that a patient’s unique anatomy and natural frame play a crucial role in accurately determining the right implant style. If you’re near your ideal weight when you choose your implant size and shape, you’re more likely to be happy with your final proportions.
Maintaining a stable weight after surgery can ultimately lead to the longest lasting results, in addition to protecting your long-term health. This is not to say you can’t lose weight after breast implant surgery; losing and gaining a few pounds here and there is natural and to be expected. But before seriously considering breast enhancement, try to hold yourself to one simple rule: Make sure you’re comfortable in your own skin.