Improving Breasts After Weight Loss

Significant weight loss can truly change a person’s life. Not only can it help you feel more self-confident, it can also improve your energy level, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, boost heart health and help you fit into clothing better.

Unfortunately, losing a lot of weight can have a negative impact on a woman’s breasts. Dr. David Allison helps post-weight-loss women restore youthfulness and perkiness to their breasts through breast enhancement surgeries.

What a Post-Weight Loss Breast Enhancement Can Correct

  • Sagging breasts
  • Small breasts
  • Soft breasts
  • Chaffing from breasts that droop

Post-Weight Loss Breast Enhancement Procedure

During a comprehensive Cosmetic Consultation, Dr. Allison will assess the condition of your breasts and determine the best surgical options for treatment. Options may include:

  • Breast lift
  • Breast augmentation (saline or silicone implants)

During the breast lift procedure, the breast tissue is reshaped and excess skin and fat in the breast area is removed. The breasts are lifted to a more youthful position on the chest. Depending on the amount of skin removed, the nipple may also need to be repositioned to create a natural appearance. This procedure will not increase breast size.

To make the breasts larger as well as “higher,” Dr. Allison may recommend that breast implants also be incorporated during your surgery. He can help you determine if silicone or saline implants are the best choice as well as discuss implant placement, size and shape options. The ultimate goal will be to create a body silhouette that looks natural, attractive and proportional.

With both procedures, an incision on the breast is necessary. The incisions may be made around the areola or under the breast crease, depending on the type of procedure being performed and your physical anatomy.

Post-Weight Loss Breast Enhancement Recovery

Recovering from post-weight loss breast enhancement surgery will be the same as for a breast lift or breast augmentation surgery. It may take 1-2 weeks before you can return to normal activities. Your breasts will be temporarily bruised and swollen. During your post-op appointments Dr. Allison will monitor your recovery and ensure you are healing properly. You will be instructed to:

  • Wear a support bra
  • Keep your incision sites clean
  • Use medicated ointment as prescribed
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects for several weeks
  • Avoid strenuous activity for several weeks
  • Take prescribed medication to reduce risk of infection
  • Stop smoking for at least 2-4 weeks

Risks of Post-Weight Loss Breast Enhancement

Breast augmentation and breast lift procedures carry some element of risk. Your chance of complications will be reduced if you choose a board certified breast enhancement surgeon and follow your doctor’s post-op orders. Risks may include:

  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Sensation loss
  • Implant rippling
  • Implant rupture (noticeable with saline implants but not always noticeable with silicone)
  • Capsular contracture (hard, tight breasts when the implant pocket shrinks)
  • Bottoming out (implant falls on the chest)
  • Anesthesia complications

If you have lost significant amounts of weight and would like to restore perkiness to your breasts, contact us today to schedule a Cosmetic Consultation and find out if post-weight loss breast enhancement in Northern Virginia is right for you.