How Weight Fluctuations Affect Breast Augmentation Procedures

September 16, 2012

Weight Loss


Weight Fluctuations Affect Breast Augmentation

Weight Fluctuations Affect Breast Augmentation

Looking good and feeling fit and healthy are closely intertwined—so much so, that many women will come to the conclusion that there are certain aspects pertaining to their body image that they can only change via elective surgery. One such type of surgical procedure is breast augmentation, a relatively pain- and hassle-free intervention that has become widespread over the past decades. However, even if it’s relatively easy to get bigger breasts in this day and age, there are certain aspects related to weight and breast augmentation that anyone considering this option should bear in mind. Read on, to find out where you need to be at, weight-wise, before enlarging your breasts.

  1. The Importance of Ideal Weight

Most plastic surgeons will recommend their potential patients to be as close as possible to their ideal weight, prior to signing up for breast augmentation procedures. Women may gain weight due to a recent pregnancy, a sedentary lifestyle, excessive and inappropriate dietary habits and an entire host of other factors, some of which can also be of a medical nature. What is important to know is that reaching your ideal weight before any type of elective surgery will impact the medical and aesthetic success of that procedure. Should you gain or lose a significant amount of weight post-surgery, the skin on your breasts could sag, or, on the contrary, feel too tight.

  1. Maintain That Weight

The term ‘ideal weight’ used above does not only refer to a weight at which you are comfortable with your own body image. The key term here is ‘sustainability’. Prior to going in for any type of body-altering plastic surgery procedure, you need to make sure you are at a healthy weight that you can sustain over a long period of time. If maintaining that weight proves difficult or too much of an effort for any particular reason, try gradually readjusting your goal upward, to the extent to which your weight is still normal by BMI and fitness standards, but also easy to maintain.

  1. Weight, Pregnancy and Brest Augmentation

One particular situation in which weight and breast augmentation procedures are very closely associated is that of new mothers. First off, you need to go through the gestation period, which usually lasts for forty weeks after the birth. During those weeks, your breasts will be secreting milk for breastfeeding the new baby. No surgeon can safely operate on breasts that are actively producing lactation, since this process makes it difficult to avoid post-implant infections. What is more, during and after gestation (for another forty weeks, in most cases), a new mother’s breasts will literally shrink, or undergo hypertrophy, since the glands are being emptied of milk. To boot, the body’s overall weight should also be returning to normal, pre-pregnancy status.

  1. Breasts Are Fatty Tissue…

… and not only. The human breast comprises subcutaneous adipose tissue, i.e. fat cells located directly under the skin, as well as lactation glands and ducts, in females. This adipose tissue lies right over the chest muscle. As such, when one loses or gains weight, the breasts also change their morphology, namely their structure and their shape. Ageing and gravitation can also cause breasts to sag, either because the underlying muscle is no longer as toned as it should be, because the skin covering the breasts has begun to droop or sag, or because of a combination of the above two factors.

  1. Everyone Loses Weight Differently

If you have experienced weight loss before, you probably already know that your body has its specific patterns for shedding (and, respectively, for accumulating) weight. Some women tend to lose and gain more in the chest area, and they would be particularly affected by massive weight loss and/or gain after having undergone breast augmentation. At the same time, many women will only put on or lose weight in the area of their hips, thighs, and stomachs. Figuring out your weight fluctuation pattern and affected areas of the body is a good idea before considering breast augmentation.

To conclude, while every woman is unique when it comes to gaining or losing weight, balance is extremely important when considering modifying the shape and size of your breasts. Find your equilibrium spot, then work with your surgeon to improve your breasts according to your unique frame and build.

How Weight Fluctuations Affect Breast Augmentation Procedures

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