Weight Loss After Breast Implants - What You Should Know
posted on 9/24/2012
Many women get breast implants after they’ve lost a significant amount of weight and don’t want to deal with sagging or droopy breasts anymore. It seems logical that a saline or silicone implant won’t shrink or grow in size after weight gain or weight loss after the breast implant procedure, but that isn’t always the case. In many cases, gaining weight or losing weight will change your silhouette significantly and can make your implants appear larger or smaller. Here’s a closer look at what really happens with weight changes after breast implants:
Gaining Weight after Breast Implants
When you gain weight, the extra pounds will show up all over your body and not just in the breast tissue. Depending on how much weight you gain, your implants can end up looking smaller because the total breast volume doesn’t increase in proportion to the rest of your body. If you end up losing the extra weight at some point, your implants will appear larger once again.
Losing Weight after Breast Implants
If you lose a significant amount of weight after getting breast implants, and the implants were fairly proportionate to your body to begin with, your breast implants will end up looking bigger after weight loss. This is because your body will shed that extra weight from all over your body – except from the breasts. Your breasts may end up appearing much larger in proportion to the rest of your body. Some plastic surgeons report that women often undergo a breast reduction and need a breast lift with significant weight loss after implants.
Importance of Maintaining Your Weight After Breast Implants
While a few pounds of weight gain or weight loss after breast augmentation won’t be incredibly noticeable, it’s generally a good idea to avoid gaining or losing any more than 10 percent of your body weight. Losing or gaining more than this will stretch or loosen up the skin and can cause some sagging of the breast implants or even implants shifts. If you end up losing a significant amount of weight, you may find your implants to be too large and disproportionate to the rest of your body. At this point, you can undergo a breast reduction or implant removal procedure.
Be sure to contact a plastic surgery doctor in your area and discuss weight gain or weight loss with him or her.