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Do Saline Breast Implants Cause Any Weight Gain or Retention over Time?

I had saline breast implants 18 years ago, which boosted my chest size to 36 C. At that time I was 117 lbs. Now I'm 140 and my chest size has gone up tp 38 DD. I am in good-shape--excercise, the works--but my chest doesn't seem to lose any weight. Is it possible that the implants have caused weight gain and maybe weight retention on my chest area?

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Breast Implants Will Not Cause Weight Gain Over Time

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Thank you for your question.

Neither Saline nor Silicone Breast Implants will cause you to gain weight over time. There are many metabolic changes as we age that do cause weight gain. You certainly can lose fat in the breast after dieting and exercise. However the fact that you have Breast Implants likely is the reason that you breasts do not decrease in size.


Boston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Weight Gain and Breast Implants

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The changes in your breast sound like changes due to weight gain and aging rather than some effect of the implants.  Saline implants do not cause water retention.

  • As we age, changes in our metabolism can lead to weight gains.  Hormone changes with age play a significant role in weight change and fat distribution.
  • The pattern of breast size changes with aging does vary: some women slowly gain more fat and size in their breasts with age; others develop thinning of breast tissue and loss of volume.
  • We also see a lot of variation in breast size change with weight gain or loss among different individuals. Some women see relatively little change with weight fluctuations; others notice significant changes in the size of their breasts as they gain or lose weight.

It is very unlikely that your implants are contributing to the changes you've been seeing, but if it bothers you, it is worth a visit to your plastic surgeon to evaluate your options for getting back to your preferred size.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Breast implants cause weight gain? Absolutely Not

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Breast Implants (saline or silicone) will never cause weight retention.

If you are dissatisfied with the extra weight in that area, removing the implants and a possible breast lift could lighten you up, without the natural sagging which normaly occurs with age, especially if you have had children.

 

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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It's unlikely that the implants have directly caused...

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It's unlikely that the implants have directly caused weight gain to your chest. If you have gained weight in general, chances are that the fat that has always been present on your chest has also grown in size, causing the increased cup size. As you may know, the number of fat cells we have is more or less set after puberty, so weight gain for the most part is due to an increased size in these cells. Since all women have some fat on their chests, regardless of how thin they are, this is likely the culprit.

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS
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Weight gain and saline filled implants

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A saline implant will only add weight of the implant itself. An implant will not cause any fluid retention after the initial swelling decreases after surgery.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants and Weight Gain or Retention

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There is no correlation between breast implants, both saline and silicone, with gaining or losing weight over time. One does see over time, however, the female breast tissue may increase in size normally and also have more drooping or ptosis, but that does not relate to the implant.

 

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Implants Don't Cause Longterm Weight Gain!

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Hi Nitty Gritty,

Your breast implants are not the cause of your weight gain, or your growth in your breasts over the last 18 years.  However, your weigh gain, along with your own genetic predisposition, is responsible for your breast growth over these years.

Like most other americans, you are gaining about a pound a year.  Unfortunately, it is very common for people to feel like they are doing everything right with their diet and exercise program, yet they cannot get the results they were hoping for.   We seem to get innundated with information about diet and exercise from everywhere we look, but rarely do people get the right information.  A quick word about getting lean:  it's 85% diet related.  Exercise is important, but just as a backdrop for a life long healthy diet which can get you to the weight you want to be.  The evidence is growing regarding what the diet should be.  The New England Journal of Medicine just published an article last week about the superiority of a high protein/low glycemic diet.  Call it what you will: Atkins, Susan Summers, South Beach, or Zone.  They are all variations on the same theme, and you don't need to follow them to the letter. 

As for your breasts, your options depend on their appearanc and the level of your desire to change them.  The simplest thing to do would be to remove them and replace them with smaller implants or not to replace them at all.  Depending on their appearance, a breast lift might be indicated as well.  If you are interested into looking into your options, you should have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in breast revision surgery.

I wish the best of luck to you!

Sincerely,

Dr. Minniti

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Saline Breast Implants & Weight Loss / Gain

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Saline or Silicone Breast Implants do not inherently cause weight gain or loss. With time the weight of the implant cn cause the overlying breast tissue to stretch especially when implants are not placed under the muscle.

Ankit Desai, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Saline implants do not cause substantial weight gain

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It is extremely unlikely for implants to contribute to a patient's substantial weight gain.  It is much more likely that although a patient may have stayed in good shape overall, they have still managed to gain weight all over their body either because of a slower metabolism or past pregnancies.  It is true that initially breast implants can cause a patient to gain 1-2 lbs. depending on the size of the implants.  Remember, 1000cc of saline weighs roughly 2.2 lbs.

Kelly Gallego, MD, FACS
Yuba City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

It is a very unusual for saline implants to cause weight gain.

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It is a very unusual for saline implants to cause weight gain. I have never heard of this happening and it may well be that you're breast tissue itself is changing over the top of the implants as you develop.

This would change the shape of your bust and would lead to alterations in size.

If you have any concerns I would suggest scheduling a consultation with your surgeon who would perform the operation. he will be able to give you a more definitive answer to your query.

Adrian Richards, MD
London Plastic Surgeon
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