Will Weight Loss After Breast Augmentation Affect Results?

If I lose 14lbs in weight after breast augmentation, will that affect the appearance much?

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Will Weight Loss After Breast Augmentation Affect Results?

Thank you for the question. Although weight loss will not have a direct effect on your breast implants,  significant weight loss may affect the appearance of your breasts in general. It is difficult to predict how a specific young lady's breasts will change with weight loss; how the breasts were affected historically with weight loss may be  the best indication how you will do.
Generally speaking, significant weight loss can lead to some change in breast tissue (and/or nipple/areola) position;  this “sagging” is called breast ptosis medically.
Sometimes, patients who lose weight will have a smaller amount of breast/soft tissue coverage overlying the breast implants; this change in breast anatomy may lead to a greater degree of breast implant palpability and/or rippling.  In these cases, the breasts may also appear smaller.
Therefore, generally speaking, it is in patient's best interest to achieve a long-term stable weight prior to undergoing elective breast surgery.
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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss and its effect on the appearance of breast implants.

In many instances, weight loss can create the appearance of sagging breasts overlying the implant and in other instances I have seen the appearance of breast implant rippling.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss and breast appearance

Significant weight loss may affect the way the breasts look long term.  It is hard to predict.  Some breasts contain more fatty tissue than others.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss might affect breast augmentation results


The best thing to do before any cosmetic body procedure is get to the weight you can maintain over the long term first. This makes questions like this "non issues." The answer is "yes," things might change as you lose (or gain) weight. They don't always, but they can.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Impact depends on amount lost...

How weight loss affects patients who have undergone breast augmentation varies from patient to patient. Obviously, when patients have massive weight loss, the breast can be impacted significantly. This may result in noticeable loss of volume with associated breast sag.
In the vast majority of patients whose weight fluctuates within a normal range, breast changes are usually minimal. Each patient’s response to weight loss is different. In some patients, the impact can be dramatic while in others it may be hardly noticeable.
In short, there’s no way to accurately predict how weight loss will impact any individual patient’s breasts. The best indicator is probably how the breasts have responded to weight loss in the past.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Will weight loss affect the appearance of breast augmentation?

This is difficult to predict. The implant size will not change but the natural breast tissue may become smaller and affect to overall appearance of the breast.

Christopher J. Morea, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Meals on wheels again


A fourteen pound weight loss may indeed result in a decrease in breast size after augmentation.  This is very individually dependent.  If you have an idea of how your breasts react to weight changes, the reaction will be similar after breast augmentation.  Good luck!

Kenneth R. Francis, MD, FACS
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Significant weight loss or gain can affect breast augmentation results

Significant weight loss such as 14 pounds may affect the breasts if you have substantial fat in the breast. If you do, then weight loss will make the breast smaller and may result in the breast skin becoming loose and the breast sagging. Even with breast implants, if this happens, the breast may look smaller and drop a bit.

I always recommend that you obtain your final desired weight before having any body contouring surgery such as breast augmentation.

This may affect your results

It may. Your breasts could look saggier or look larger on your frame however it is difficult to say for sure. How much do you weigh now?  Generally speaking, the thinner you are at the moment, the more a 14lb 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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