Weight considerations before getting a breast lift

Weight considerations before getting a breast lift

11th Jan 2020


There are several factors that can have a significant influence on the aesthetics of our bodies. Among them are pregnancy and the natural passing of time, but also weight fluctuations. When it comes to the appearance of many features of the body and even the overall shape of the body, there are few factors that can alter it to such an extent as weight fluctuations can. When we gain weight, the fat cells in our bodies expand, making all the tissues stretch. When we lose weight, the volume of the fat cells decreases, so the tissues try to get back to their initial condition, but it is very rare that the skin can retract on the new contours of the body in a beautiful way after being stretched for too long. So often after weight loss, patients are confronted with saggy skin in different areas of the body.

The features of the body that are most often affected by weight fluctuations are the breasts and the tummy, but the whole body is affected in the end, one way or the other. 

The breast lift is performed on patients suffering from saggy, droopy breasts that have lost their appeal. The sagginess can occur as a result of the natural aging process but can be accelerated if the patient is going through weight fluctuations. Weight fluctuations can cause the early onset of breast ptosis, being one of the factors causing or accentuating it. In other words, weight fluctuations are one of the reasons why some patients need to undergo a breast lift. This is why it is important to discuss the patient’s weight before getting the surgery.

During the pre-operative consultation for the breast lift, the plastic surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history, lifestyle habits, and also your weight. If you have struggled with weight fluctuations before, he will ask if you have managed to keep a stable weight for a minimum of six to eight months before the procedure, preferably more. Also, if you are not at a normal weight before the surgery, the surgeon might advise you to get closer to your ideal weight and sustain that weight for several months before undergoing the procedure. 

The weight considerations before getting a breast lift are important because nobody wants to undergo plastic surgery to get beautiful breasts only to have those results altered or ruined in a matter of months or years. To achieve the best possible results after the breast lift, you should have a normal, stable weight and sustain it with fluctuations of less than 2 kg every month. If more considerable weight fluctuations occur after the procedure, the appearance of the breasts can change again, resulting in the need for an additional surgical procedure. 

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