After Losing Weight, What Type of Lift Would Be Best for Me? Implants as Well? (photo)

5 months ago I posted a question about whether to have implants along with a breast lift.  Many replied recommending losing weight, it was the first time I had ever been told I needed to lose weight and it was a real eye opener for me. I took your advice and started a strict workout regime, hired a trainer and started eating clean. Here I am today, THANKS so much for the honesty! I put the focus where it really needed to be, now I am ready for the rest to be youthful too! I welcome your updated opinions:)

Doctor Answers 10

Breast Lift after Weight Loss

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Good job with the weight loss. That's hard work. From your photos i would say you could have a nice youthful look with a breast lift. I think your volume looks about right. I think I would caution against implants until you have a lift and let it heal for several months. That would be a full formal lift. But if you are sure you want a larger breast size, that can be accomplished with a Benelli or periareolar lift and implants under the muscle with the dual plane technique. You won't get quite as much lift but a very natural shape.

Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift and Augmentation After Weight Loss

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Weight loss can have a significant impact upon the size and shape of a woman's breasts. It's not unusual for women to lose breast volume and develop breast sag following weight loss. Under these circumstances, women frequently elect to undergo cosmetic breast surgery.

The procedure chosen depends upon the patient's anatomic findings and aesthetic goals. It's important to realize that no two patients are ever exactly alike and for this reason, treatment plans can vary widely.

In your case, breast sag is present and you will definitely require a breast lift procedure. A variety of breast lift procedures are available and the specific procedure chosen will depend upon your physical examination.

The question of breast size is entirely dependent upon your aesthetic goals. The vast majority of patients want breasts that have harmony, balance and proportion with the surrounding anatomic structures. They want a natural look with a slight amount of upper breast fullness.

If you're considering breast augmentation in combination with breast lift surgery, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic findings and achieves your aesthetic goals.

Augmentation Mastopexy Following Weight Loss

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Women who have had experienced weight loss through either diet or surgical procedure are typically ideal #BreastLift candidates. Many of these women will have experienced breast deflation with their #weightloss leading to #drooping or #ptosis.

There are a variety of techniques for these operations. Lollipop lift (vertical lift), donut (periareola) lift, Benelli lift, crescent lift, anchor lift(inverted T ).
I prefer to use a #shortscar technique, #LollipopScar or #DonutLift” rather than the majority of surgeons in the United States that use an anchor pattern lift which involve more significant scarring.

Your Plastic Surgeon will measure you to determine the best shape and size of the implants to be used. Shaped implants are all textured and should not rotate when used properly. In my practice, about 20% of the patients benefit from shaped implants.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Breast lift and weight loss

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Congratulations after losing weight. A breast lift and most likely a lollipop type of incision would probably be the choice to give you are really nice result.  An exam in person would be definitive.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Breast Lift Outcome Likely to be Pleasing

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Hi there-

Of course, without having a more detailed discussion of your goals with you, it is difficult to answer your question, but generally speaking, I would way that the average woman with your amount of breast tissue and starting breast appearance would achieve a lovely result with a well-done lift alone.

On the other hand, your goals for shape are very important, and so my best advice for you is for you to visit with a talented and experienced surgeon Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery for a consultation. Explain your goals, listen to your options, and look at lots of photos of the options, understanding the likely differences.

Good luck!

Breast lift alone will give you a nice result

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Congratulations on your weight loss. Based on these photos, a breast lift (vertical pattern) will give you a nice shape and maintain your volume. If you are happy with your current breast/bra size, I would not recommend inserting implants. The size you have appears to be in proportion to your body. The recovery is actually easier if you have a breast lift without breast implants also. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for a complete examination and review of your medical history.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 410 reviews

Breast lift after weight loss

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Congratulations! I must say your tummy looks great! You may want to be examined to see if you can have a no vertical scar breast lift.   It's a new technique that lifts breasts high and perky without the use of implants or a vertical scar. Breasts are firm and are attached permanently to your chest wall thus minimizing downward descent. Patients love the results because the scars are not visible and their breasts are back to their original position. It's worth looking into. Best wishes, Dr. H

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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After Losing Weight, What Type of Lift Would Be Best for Me? Implants as Well?

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You should have a great, long-lasting perky set of breast with a SHORT scar by having a Short Scar Breast Lift (as in Hall-Findlay technique). Implants are not only not needed, but may cause repeat sagging.

Good Luck.

Peter A Aldea, MD

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Breast lift and/or lift with augmentation?

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Congratulations on your significant weight loss! My personal preference is to do a short scar lift without removing any breast tissue. If you are happy with the volume of breast tissue that you have now in a bra, this is what I would recommend. If you would like to be larger (remember, the larger you are the more sagging you can expect and sooner), I would do an augmentation after your breasts heal and settle after the lift. I know alot of plastic surgeons do the lift/augmentation together and at times one can get excellent results, but many times you end up with one or multiple revisions. Good luck and consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.

Breast Lifting and Augmentation?

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Thank you for the question and pictures.

Congratulations on your successful weight loss.  I think you will be much more likely to be pleased with the results of breast surgery on a long-term basis ( then if you had done the breast augmentation/ mastopexy earlier).

Breast lifting will probably require a vertical mastopexy procedure (“lollipop” breast lift).  Sometimes, a short horizontal incision may also be necessary.

In order to achieve the upper pole “ roundness"  you describe under your pictures,  a breast implant placed in the sub muscular ( “dual plane”) will be very helpful.

I would suggest in person consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.

Best wishes.

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