It is not uncommon for women who have lost a significant amount of weight to opt for breast lift surgery to help further improve their silhouette, but what happens if you lose additional weight after having the procedure? Planning a breast lift after weight loss needs careful consideration.
The breast lift is a popular procedure as it helps to restore the natural and youthful contours of the breasts. Breast tissue is typically composed of glandular and fatty tissue to varying degrees in different people and at different stages of life. In women who are overweight it is composed mostly of fat and to lesser extent glandular tissue. Therefore a significant loss of weight can increase chances of sagging and drooping by deflating the breast, in a balloon fashion.
If the weight loss continues following the breast lift, then this can compromise the results of the procedure. This will depend how much further weight loss occurs. Typically I find that if the weight loss is up to 3-5 kilos, it doesn’t affect the outcome significantly, however over 5 kilo loss will certainly start to affect the results and there will be more excess skin apparent, with some further sagging of the breast.
If you are considering the breast lift after weight loss, read on to learn more about the best timing and how to ensure the results last longer, especially if you are considering a weight loss program in the near future.
Losing Weight After a Breast Lift
If you lose a significant amount of weight after having a breast lift procedure, there is a chance that you may experience sagging of the skin or some other minor changes that could affect the overall contour and shape of your breasts.
Significant weight loss may impact the quality of your results as there could be a decrease in the volume of fat in your breasts. On the other side, significant weight gain can also lead to changes in your breast lift results. Excess weight can affect the skin or other support mechanisms in the breast, once again resulting in sagging.
How to Ensure Your Surgery Results See Longevity
Ideally, you will reach a stable goal weight prior to any form of cosmetic surgery, including the breast lift. The best way to do this is by first deciding what your goal weight will be, then working towards it with a combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet. Maintaining the results of a breast lift after weight loss is dependent on lifestyle.
We recommend speaking with your doctor to decide what an achievable and healthy goal weight may be, so you can form a plan for your breast lift procedure. When you reach the weight, maintain it for at least 3 to 6 months and then plan your surgery.
The same idea can be applied after your breast lift. Maintaining a stable weight will increase the longevity of your breast lift results.
Cosmetic Surgery That Works in Conjunction with a Healthy Lifestyle
The ongoing maintenance of a healthy diet with regular trips to the gym or other forms of exercise is recommended after you have fully recovered from any cosmetic surgery.
Sometimes, however, our bodies have pockets of fat that are resistant to these positive lifestyle elements. If this is the case, cosmetic surgery options such as liposuction can help to tone your body, achieving an overall look that you will likely be thrilled with and pairing well with your breast lift procedure.
Achieving and Maintaining Your Perfect Look
The range of cosmetic surgery options at the Breast & Body Clinic are all tailored towards ensuring you look and feel your best. The first step is a consultation, after which a clear path forward will be determined, along with instructions on how to ensure you enjoy your results for a long time. Speak to our expert team about your first step today.