How Weight Loss Can Affect Your Breast Implants

DR TIM LOVE - TUMMY TUCK (1)Many women get a breast augmentation as part of an overall plan to improve their health. In addition to undergoing the procedure, they may also be planning to lose weight or adding muscle through a workout regimen. Some women undergo breast augmentation after they’ve completed their child-bearing and want to makeover their bodies.

How does weight loss impact breast implants?

A small weight drop after getting breast implants will have little to no impact on your implants and breast size. A patient would have to lose a significant amount of weight (in ratio to their overall weight) to see a decrease in breast size and a potential impact on the implants. A few pounds, say 10-15 pounds for an average-sized woman, would not have an effect.

Much depends on how much fatty tissue is in the breast and the ratio of that tissue to the glandular tissue. There’s no exact formula for this, you should consult your family doctor and/or plastic surgeon if you have lost weight or are planning to lose weight after the surgery.

Will my breast implants still look good after weight loss?

Most likely they will. The reason is that most breast augmentation patients have little fat in their breasts to begin with. Smaller breasts do not have much fat, so weight loss should not impact the breast augmentation. In fact, weight loss may actually enhance implant results, helping your breasts look fuller. Results may vary however, so pay close attention to your breasts during and after the period of weight loss to see how they look.

If you’re considering breast implants, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Breast Implants or Breast Lifts? The Winner Is…

From Playboy’s Swimsuit edition to the “Save Second Base” campaign, it’s pretty clear: we love breasts. With the amazing technology plastic surgery has brought to the table, women no longer have to be content with their natural breasts, either. The popularity of the breast implant is no secret, but another procedure may be usurping its popularity.

Back away from the pro/con list and let us help!
Back away from the pro/con list and let us help!

The Implant versus the Lift: Which One and Why?

Breast implantation surgery was the most popular cosmetic procedure in 2012, with 286,000 performed in the United States alone.  With statistics that high, it may be hard to believe that something as simple as a breast lift could be a contender for popular procedures. We’re here to help you learn the difference between the two, and, more importantly, which one is right for you.

The Implant

  • Breast implants serve to change the size, form, and texture of breasts. The surgery is performed for: post-mastectomy reconstruction, to correct genital defects or deformities, for gender reassignment surgeries, and also for purely aesthetic reasons.
  • There are three main types, named for their filling material: saline solution, silicone gel, and composite filler. The type of implant used depends upon your individual needs and preferences, and your doctor may help you determine which one is the best fit.
  • Recently, there have been a lot of questions over the impact implants could have on breastfeeding, mammography, and complications. Fortunately, there have not been any negative effects discovered.
See, much better.
See, much better.

The Lift

  • Breast lifts are primarily employed to take the existing breast tissue that may have sagged due to age or weight loss and raise it into its original location. It can be combined with a breast implant surgery to create larger, fuller breasts that are raised and combined with existing breast tissue.
  • Breast lifts are relatively simple procedures that depend on the tissue viability and the nipple-areola complex (NAC) to ensure that the breasts remain sensitive and functional for breastfeeding and lactation.

So, what’s the difference?

Ultimately, a breast lift will not change the size of the breast, but will use the existing tissue and create a natural repositioning. Breast implants are for increasing the size of the breasts in addition to re-positioning.  Surprisingly, breast lifts have been on the rise in plastic surgery.

Although breast implants are still one of the most popular procedures, more and more women are asking to use their existing breast tissue. If you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, talk to us! We’d love to help you explore your options and get back to feeling your b(r)ea(a)st! (See what we did there?)

Dr. Tim R. Love, MD prefers the inframammary fold (crease below breast). This is the least conspicuous site for any potential scar to be visible either in a social circumstance or to you personally. Also, when implants eventually need to be removed and replaced, this is the site which will be used.

Depending upon what type of work you do, usually a few days are adequate. It is best to restrict any lifting for about a week. Breast augmentation is typically an uneventful procedure which allows a patient to resume normal activities in a relatively short time.

Breast augmentation surgery using round gel implants from $5,500 and gummy bear (cohesive gel) from $6,700. This includes Dr. Tim R. Love, MD’s fee, implants, outpatient surgery center fee & board-certified M.D. anesthesiologist’s fee.

Breast augmentation surgery using round gel implants from $5,500 and gummy bear (cohesive gel) from $6,700. This includes Dr. Tim R. Love, MD’s fee, implants, outpatient surgery center fee & board-certified M.D. anesthesiologist’s fee.