Women who are considering breast augmentation surgery have several decisions to make. The type of breast implant, size of the implant, incision location, implant location, and who their surgeon will be are all vital things that you must decide on in order to see the best results possible. One thing many women don’t consider is their weight—where is it, and where do they want it to be? Are they planning on losing weight, and if so, how will that affect her implants?
Many breast augmentation candidates have weight loss goals but are not sure of their timeline. They ask, “When is the best time to lose weight, before or after surgery?”
Most women understand that weight fluctuation can have an impact on the size of their natural breasts, which plump up with weight gain and deflate when they lose a few pounds. But does the same hold true for their implants after breast augmentation?
Ideal Weight Before Surgery
Any surgeon worth their salt will tell you being at a healthy weight is preferable before an operation. In cosmetic surgery, it’s just as critical, if not more, because the results are positively influenced by weight loss before surgery. Being at your optimal weight at the time of the procedure creates a stable foundation for the best possible results. But what happens after surgery is just as vital to maintaining your breast augmentation benefits.
Ideal Weight After Surgery
Because weight fluctuations impact breast shape and volume, any change can alter the results of breast implant surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ website, actively losing or gaining weight after surgery can adjust the size and shape of a woman’s breasts and affect their appearance permanently. Although weight loss or gain will not change the implants in any way, overall body proportions can become disproportionate to the rest of a woman’s frame. Also, weight loss can stretch the overlying skin tissue, which may cause the breast to lose fullness and sag.
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Silverton, considers the best options available for his breast augmentation patients. He understandingly informs his patients about how implants will affect not only their chest area but also their overall figure, which is why evaluating your body type is critical during your consultation. Dr. Silverton will explain that a woman’s unique anatomy and frame play a vital role in determining the right implant to use. Patients who are at or near their natural weight when choosing implants are more likely to be happy with their bodies after surgery.
Maintaining a stable weight after breast augmentation can lead to longer-lasting results and protect long-term health. Losing or gaining a few pounds is expected and should not be a significant concern after surgery. But any significant change can have long-term consequences.
To learn more about how weight loss can affect your breast augmentation results, schedule a consultation with Dr. Silverton today.