Losing Weight with Breast Implants

Breast implants are about achieving a cosmetic look, improving a person’s appearance and self-esteem. Weight loss goes hand-in-hand with appearance and self-esteem. However, some breast implant patients choose to endeavor on a weight loss mission, and others encounter unintentional weight loss. Often, weight is gained during the less active period during breast augmentation recovery. Either way, there are a few things to be aware of when it comes to losing weight with breast implants.


Weight loss is a matter of activity versus caloric intake. Eat a healthy diet and get back to your regular exercise routine as soon as you can (about two to three weeks after surgery). Talk to your surgeon about things you can do during recovery to ensure that you do not put on too many extra pounds. 10 to 15 pounds of weight gained during recovery is normal; more than this could be cause for concern, or at the very least, could require some extra effort at losing weight.


Because the breasts are made up of fatty and glandular tissues, losing weight will likely result in weight lost in the breasts. This can affect the way your implants look; therefore, consult your plastic surgeon about any effects losing weight could have on your breast implants. Ask your doctor what you should expect as fair as repair and maintenance of your implants should significant weight loss occur.


The bottom line with weight loss after receiving implants is to focus on being healthy. Don’t set goals that focus on specific numbers, sizes, etc. Focus on health, and everything else will fall into place. You need to eat a healthy diet that emphasizes lean protein, high fiber, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Get plenty of physical activity every day. While aerobic and anaerobic exercises are recommended, even if you cannot work those in every day, going for a brisk walk every day can assist you in weight reduction.


Even if you are healthy to begin with, weight loss should be done under the close supervision of a medical doctor. With breast implants, it is wise for your primary physician, as well as your plastic surgeon to be apprised of your weight loss endeavor and to monitor your progress or concerns. Your primary care physician is only going to have general knowledge of plastic surgery, though they will have your full medical history and will know you fairly well. Your plastic surgeon will have a working knowledge of your history, but they will be more familiar and concerned with your breast implants. Having both doctors aware of your weight loss will ensure that all bases are covered.


Weight loss with breast implants is really no different from weight loss in general. You simply have to aim for optimal health by eating healthy and exercising, and if significant weight loss is to occur, you need to keep a close eye on your breast implants to ensure that weight lost in the breasts has not affected the appearance of your implants.

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