Post-massive weight loss surgery can restore and rejuvenate many parts of your body, from your face to your thighs. For women, the breasts are understandably a special concern -- they are as individual as you are and a symbol of your womanhood. It’s only natural you want them to reflect the feminine curves of your new, slimmer body. Good news, Dr. Brady Harris can include breast augmentation as part of your surgical plan.
Breast augmentation can do more than give your appearance and self-confidence a big boost. It can eliminate the discomfort and potential skin infections caused by sagging skin and make your bra and clothing fit better.
Breast augmentation technically refers to enlarging the breasts, but at Image Surgical Arts we also use the term more generally to talk about breast enhancement. Augmentation may be just what you need after significant weight loss, or it could be that a different type of procedure – breast lift, breast augmentation with a lift or even breast reduction -- will be best to achieve the breast size and appearance you desire. So let’s look more closely at those options.
This is the simplest breast rejuvenation procedure, designed to raise and re-contour sagging breasts and restore the position of the areolas so they are facing forward rather than downward. A breast lift removes excess skin as needed but does not necessarily involve increasing breast size. In fact, for some patients the simple fact that their breasts have been elevated to normal position can make them appear larger.
Implants can increase breast size and/or projection, but they offer other benefits as well. They can improve overall shape, balance the appearance of your breasts and/or give you more cleavage. There are different types of implants, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. With that, Dr. Harris has plenty of options to help you create the look you want – breasts that will look both natural and aesthetically appealing.
Breast Lift + Augmentation
Although you may need only a breast lift or augmentation with implants, a combination of the two is the most recommended procedure for post-massive weight loss patients. Adding implants to a breast lift allows Dr. Harris to help you achieve the size, shape and lift goals you desire with the most natural-looking appearance.
Any woman with overly heavy breasts knows the physical and emotional challenges. Breast reduction surgery can relieve the unrelenting pressure, the interference with comfortable exercise and frustrating problems of finding clothes that fit. Massive weight loss can result in smaller breasts, but you may want further reduction so your breasts are better proportioned to the rest of your new body.
Wait and See Is the Best Approach
Dr. Harris always waits until patients have maintained a stable weight for at least six months before performing post-massive weight loss surgery. That way your body will be healthy and ready for surgery, and there will be less chance that continued weight loss (or gain) might impact your surgical result. For breast procedures, waiting until after you’ve lost weight is especially important because you cannot predict exactly how your breasts will look afterward.
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It’s great that you’re thinking ahead to what restorative surgery can do once you’ve lost weight. Post-massive weight loss surgery is a customized treatment process that can remove excess, sagging skin and tissue and create more youthful, attractive contours – the finishing touches you deserve.
But there is a lot to think about. We understand you have many questions, including how breast augmentation might affect the function of your breasts (such as the ability to breastfeed) as well as their appearance. Visit our eBook Library for a wealth of information that can shed some light on these questions.
Even if you have not reached your goal yet, don’t hesitate to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Harris to explore your options. Or, if you're still researching, download the free eBook below. We are excited to help you get the answers you're looking for!