2 Months PO, Will My Implants Be Damaged or Ripple If I Lose Weight?

I was around 145 when I got my implants 2 months ago. I am now 150 pounds (5'7). I really want to be about 135 pounds.  My right breast is 304cc's and my left breast is 339cc's. will my implants be damaged or ripple if I lose the weight?

Doctor Answers 12

Implants affect by weight loss

Although the implants themselves will not change, with weight loss you could lose some breast volume and the skin could loosen some. Everyone is different and the best way to judge how you will react is based on how much your skin loosened with weight loss in the past. That being said, it is not likely your implants will ripple if they aren't already. 

Tacoma Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss

Typically it takes a significant amount of weight loss to really allow any rippling to be visible ie 20 lbs or so. If you r implants are sub-muscular, they will be even less likely to show any contour of the implant. You may have some looser skin post weight loss but this is difficult to predict. Good luck! 

C. Andrew Salzberg, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon
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Weight Loss After Breast Augmentation

Weight loss/gain will not damage your implants, however it could affect the appearance of your breasts. Weight loss could contribute to sagging or your breasts may look larger on your frame, however it is difficult to say for sure. It may also increase the risk of rippling. Generally speaking, the thinner you are at the moment, the more a 15lb weight loss will affect your results. That is why it's always better to be at a stable ideal weight prior to surgery.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Weight Loss and Effects on Implants

   Dear cv9265,   Your implants will not be damaged if you lose weight. On the other hand, some patients lose breast volume with weight loss and may experience some rippling of their implants. In my opinion, if you lose 10-15 pounds, I doubt you will see much in the way of rippling.


Douglas L. Gervais, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Will weight-loss affect my implants?

Thanks for your question. You have a wonderful result after your breast augmentation procedure. You should not notice any difference from losing the weight you gained. You may lose a small amount of size from your breasts but this'll be very unnoticeable with only a 10 to 15 pound weight loss.

Erez Sternberg, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Your implants will not be damaged by losing weight.

Your implants will not be damaged by weight loss.  However, as you lose weight, you may lose volume from your breast tissue as well.  Rippling of implants can be more appreciated if you do not have much coverage (breast tissue and muscle) over the implants.  Most likely losing 10 lbs will not affect your palpation of implants (ripples).

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Implants will not be damaged, rippling may occur.


Thank you for the question and the photo.  I don't see any reason to assume there may be implant damage if weight is lost.  The thinner the breast tissue thickness the more likely it is that you may be able to feel or see your breast implant.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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2 Months PO, Will My Implants Be Damaged or Ripple If I Lose Weight?

As you can imagine, online consultants will not be able to provide you with specific advice relevant to your body type, despite your good description. There Is no doubt that, generally speaking, weight loss does increase the potential for breast implant rippling and palpability. Much will depend on how much soft tissue/breast tissue coverage is present,  where the breast implants have been positioned, what type of breast implants  have been used,  and and how much weight loss is planned.

 Given that you know your body type best and what has happened to your breasts in the past with weight loss, you will be the best judge as to what may occur with repeat weight loss and potential breast implant rippling/palpability.

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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2 monts postop, will losing weight cause rippling or damage implants

Although everyone is different, losing about 10lbs shouldn't cause rippling or damage your implants.  Typically, rippling is more visible with saline implants and if you are above the muscle.  Skin quality and how much of your own breast tissue you have also makes a difference.   ac

Angela Champion, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Emergence of rippling resulting from weight loss after breast augmentation is rare.

It is possible that loss of subcutaneous fat could result in some visible rippling of the prosthesis. Based on the photograph and the modest amount of weight loss anticipated I think this is extremely unlikely.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

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