Women who undergo weight loss, either naturally or through surgery, oftentimes notice a change in the contours of their breasts. They may sag more or even lose volume. This is because of excess skin that still exists following weight loss. It’s not uncommon for women who experience these changes to feel depression or a loss of confidence.
Breast lift surgery provides a simple solution to changing breast shape following weight loss. A lift can restore your breasts to a firmer, more youthful shape and proportion. This is done by removing excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue itself, and repositioning the areola and nipple.
Dr. Rast has performed countless breast lift and augmentation procedures. You can contact the offices to learn more or continue reading below to learn how weight gain and loss impact breast size.
Why Losing Weight Changes Your Breasts
Breasts contain a large amount of fat. When you lose weight through natural means, you can’t directly control which area of your body will see weight loss (the idea that you can, called spot reduction, is a myth that’s still commonly peddled today in magazines). So, depending on your breast size, long term weight loss can have a visible effect on your breasts, causing them to lose firmness and sag. While the fat itself has been reduced, the skin itself has not—you can observe this in any fatty part of your body as well.
How Pregnancy Changes Your Breasts
A multitude of changes occur in your breasts during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weaning. During pregnancy itself, your body will begin preparations for breastfeeding, which can result in the breasts feeling larger as they begin milk production. Some women may actually experience growth. When you’re no longer breastfeeding your child, your breasts may change again, similar to what happens following weight loss, or they may remain the size they were during pregnancy. Regardless, the change in weight can result in stretch marks and nipple/areola displacement.
Breast Lift Procedures
There are four primary types of breast lifts used by surgeons: the crescent lift, pre-areolar (sometimes called “the donut”) lift, vertical (or “lollipop”) lift, and the inverted T (also known as “the anchor”) lift. Which one is appropriate depends on the amount of sagging the patient is experiencing, with the crescent lift being for the least and the inverted T being most. A trusted surgeon can help you determine which one will best get you the results you seek.
It’s important for all patients undergoing breast lift procedures to understand that your body will still change naturally over time, and that a breast lift will not prevent this. Though you won’t experience the same level of sagging for many, many years, aging and certain major life events (like pregnancy) can’t expedite the process.
Breast lifts are a safe way to not only reshape your appearance but to also restore confidence and self-esteem. If you’d like to learn more about how a breast lift and augmentation can help you, reach out to Dr. Rast today.