Do You Need to Lose Weight Before Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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Many women considering breast augmentation at Omar Ahmed, M.D. often want to know if they should lose weight before this life-changing procedure. Whether it is simply making a lifestyle change to be healthier, or toning up certain trouble spots before surgery, in either case, patients want to know if they should be at their ideal weight before scheduling their breast augmentation in Pasadena, CA. Most women have experienced weight gain throughout their life or with being pregnant and see how it affects their breast size. A woman's breasts can be deflated with weight loss, while a little extra weight can plump them up.

Read on to learn more from Dr. Omar Ahmed about how weight changes don't affect breast implants, but there is good reason to be at your ideal weight and healthy before considering breast surgery.

Reasons for breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is performed to enhance the size and shape of a woman's natural breasts. Ideal candidates are healthy, at a stable weight, and not pregnant or breastfeeding. It is a personalized cosmetic procedure that helps with the following:

  • Provide more shape and add more fullness to the top of the breast
  • Add more volume or size to a woman's natural breasts
  • Create better body proportions and curvier figure
  • Improve the way clothing fits
  • Improve breast symmetry
  • Boost self-confidence and feel more youthful
  • Take back your body after pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Restorative surgery after a mastectomy
  • Help with disproportionate breasts after weight loss

Breast implants and weight gain

When considering breast implants, it is a big decision and important not to rush into it. Before breast augmentation in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Ahmed works with every patient to consider different factors before recommending the right size and shape of breast implants, including your weight and body type, for optimal results. If you have broader shoulders and hips, your body might need larger breast implants, while women with a smaller, more petite frame may need a smaller size. The implant shape and size chosen at your consultation is compared to your body size at the time we're planning your procedure. Any fluctuating weight afterward will change the direction on what should have been chosen at the time of your consultation and also your results.

Should I lose weight before breast augmentation?

Breasts are made of fat tissue, and your breast size will change when you lose or gain weight. How much your chest area will change depends on your overall fluctuating weight and body composition. Dr. Ahmed generally suggests patients be at a stable weight before considering breast augmentation surgery. It helps give him get a better sense of your natural breast size, making it easier to determine the right implant size and shape. Maintaining a stable weight and living a healthier lifestyle can also help with a smoother, easier breast augmentation recovery.

Breast augmentation in Pasadena, CA

By achieving your ideal weight before breast augmentation, you can make it easier to determine the best course of action for your breast implant size and shape before surgery. Breast augmentation is a life-changing procedure, so it is tempting to make drastic lifestyle changes before surgery. However, suppose your journey includes losing a significant amount of weight beforehand. In that case, it might be best to wait on breast augmentation until you've settled into a more stable, target body weight. To learn more about breast augmentation surgery in Pasadena, CA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Omar Ahmed at Omar Ahmed, M.D. today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.