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How Does Weight Loss Affect the Breasts?

Breast, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift

July 28, 2020 | 3 minute read

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Excess stored fat in the body carries an array of health risks and lowers life expectancy. The reduction of these are just some of the reasons why weight loss should be celebrated. However, for many ladies, there’s an undesirable side effect that comes with shedding unwanted pounds. Sagging breasts after weight loss is a common complaint from many women whose confidence has otherwise soared.

Woman with surgical lines drawn under breast before breast enhancement surgery.

What Is Breast Ptosis?

Your breasts contain a mixture of glandular tissue and regular fat. Unfortunately, this fat responds just like any other fat in your body, meaning that you will lose breast volume when you lose weight. Breast ptosis (sagging) can develop due to the rapid loss of fat in the breasts.

When your weight increases, your breasts become fuller with fat, so if you lose this fat, it can lead to a flattened and distorted breast appearance. 

How Can I Lift Breasts After Weight Loss?

Although there are breast lifting exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles around the breasts, you can’t turn back time or significantly tighten stretched and weak skin and glandular tissues. Breast lift surgery is the best way to enhance breasts after weight loss.

Can You Get a Breast Lift With Implants Already in Place?

Even if you have had breast augmentation before, weight loss is likely to affect the skin and breast tissue surrounding your implants. If your breast implants are in good condition, there is no reason you can’t get breast lift surgery once your breasts start to sag.

What Are the Different Types of Breast Lift?

The type of breast lift you choose depends on your stage of breast ptosis.

What Is a Donut Breast Lift?

The donut breast lift leaves the least amount of scarring, and it’s perfect for women with mild to moderate breast ptosis. An incision around the areola lets the surgeon gently correct the sagging.

What Is a Lollipop Breast Lift?

The delicate lollipop breast lift involves an incision around the areola and down the center of the bottom half of the breast. It’s ideal for women experiencing an average amount of breast ptosis.

What Is an Anchor Breast Lift?

If you are suffering from severe breast ptosis, the anchor breast lift is your ideal option. An incision is made around the areola that continues down the center of the bottom half of the breast and along the underside. Excess tissue is removed, and the breast is reshaped.

Celebrate With Breast Augmentation After Weight Loss

If you have lost weight but miss having full breasts that compliment your shape, breast enhancement after weight loss could be the confidence boost you need. Women can consider breast lift surgery, breast augmentation, or a combination of a lift and implants.

Interested in Learning More?

Speak to one of our expert advisors about which type of breast lift surgery is best suited to your needs. Call Dr. Wilson at 256-551-2002 today or fill out our online contact form.

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