I am a little over 1 year post op. I feel as if my breasts have dropped. Do they look like they have bottomed out? (Photo)
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Over time the skin stretches, and yours may have been exacerbated by weight loss and heavier implants. You can consider a revision to tighten up the lower pole of the breast. If you are unhappy with the size, an implant exchange could be done at the same time.
Post-Op Breast Lift and Augmentation Healing
Over time, gravity will continue to have an effect and the breast skin will tend to stretch. The degree of #stretching and #sagging varies between women: generally, women with smaller breasts experience less recurring sagging. If sagging does occur, further excision of the skin on an outpatient basis can be used to correct the problem. Heavy and large breasts may lead to recurrent sagging and may require the removal of a small amount of breast tissue to achieve an optimal shape and size. One key to a satisfying result is realistic expectations.
All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Any breast operation can result in changes in sensation. This happens less with lifts than reductions but is still possible. Occasionally, minor complications occur and do not affect the surgical outcome. Major complications associated with this procedure are rare. The suitability of the breast lift procedure and specific risks may be determined during your consultation. You may be able to carry on massage of the surgical area of the breasts to help with comfortable placement of the implants, but textured implants do not require breast massage. You should be informed about this by your doctor at your post-operative visit, but if you were never told anything about this it may be a good idea to have another live appointment with your surgeon to make sure that everything is healing well.
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Bottoming out vs recurrent stretch?
Breast implants and lift - have I bottomed out?
- You haven't bottomed out but with the weight of the implants, your breast tissue has stretched and the implants are sitting lower.
- With weight loss after surgery, you probably lost fat in the breasts, leaving the breast skin looser.
- To try to restore your original look, you would need smaller implants to put less stress on your tissues plus, revision of the pocket and some internal support material such as ADM or vicryl mesh to support the implants.
- If you want to keep the implant size as is, you can still have surgery but the sagging is more likely to return
It appears you had a good result, then over time with continued weight loss(and with the large implants)your skin in the lower pole has stretched(this will always happen, just a matter of how long it takes). You should consult with your surgeon and see what he/she is willing to do for you at this point.