Congratulations! You’ve lost a drastic amount of weight. And while you have every reason to be proud of your achievement, you may also be concerned about unwanted changes to your breasts. Because breasts are mostly composed of fatty tissue, sagging and flattening of the breasts is common among women who have experienced significant weight loss. Fortunately, you have options for improving your breast shape that will help you fully enjoy your post-weight loss body.
Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, or Both?
When considering breast enhancement surgery, your first decision should be whether you would like a breast lift, a breast augmentation, or a combination of both. A breast lift alone will remove excess tissue and help elevate your breasts to a more uplifted position so that they sit higher on your chest. However, if you have experienced volume loss in the upper part of your breasts, a breast lift on its own will not be able to give you the rounded contour you might be hoping to achieve.
Breast augmentation, on the other hand, can provide you with natural-looking, beautifully shaped breasts that will enhance the new figure you’ve achieved through losing weight. At North Atlanta Plastic Surgery, renowned breast surgeon Dr. Amy Alderman will walk you through your available options and help you decide what is best for your goals.
Decisions Involved in Breast Surgery
If you are opting to get breast enhancement with implants, Dr. Alderman will also work with you to determine the ideal size and shape of your implants, as well as which implant material will help you accomplish your desired results. Though the ultimate decision is up to you, Dr. Alderman’s years of experience will be invaluable in making this essential choice. She will also be honest with you about what you can realistically expect to achieve with breast implant surgery, based on factors such as your body type, age, the elasticity of your skin and how you carry yourself.
You will also have to decide where to make your breast implant incisions, as well as where to place the implants in your chest.
You have three options for your breast implant incisions: under your arms, around your nipples or in the creases under your breasts. All three of these locations will keep your scarring as minimal and discreet as possible, so the ultimate decision as to where to place the incisions will largely depend on your personal preference, as well as your anatomy.
Precise positioning of the implant is essential to producing breasts with a natural-looking shape and contour, and it is one of the most important factors influencing the overall results. You and Dr. Alderman will need to decide together whether it’s best for you to have your implants positioned in front of or behind your chest muscles.
Your Breast Surgery Procedure
Breast surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes a few hours to perform. You’ll be able to go home to recover in comfort after your surgery; however, be prepared to have someone drive you, as you will still be somewhat groggy from the anesthesia.
As you recover from your surgery, you will need to wear a specially fitted compression bra for a few weeks. Provided your job does not require any heavy lifting, bending, or strenuous activity, you should be able to return to work within three days after surgery. You can resume exercise and lifting objects within a month.
Schedule Your Appointment With Dr. Alderman
Almost as important as your weight loss itself, post-weight-loss surgery helps women feel sexier and more confident, in addition to addressing the medical necessity of removing excess skin. If your breasts need revitalization after significant weight loss, call North Atlanta Plastic Surgery today. With Dr. Alderman’s help, you will be one step closer to achieving your goal of having a healthy, beautiful body.