Will My Breast Implants Look Different If I Lose Weight?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Most women experience weight fluctuation throughout their lifetime and wonder how losing or gaining weight may affect the results of their cosmetic surgery. While small changes in your weight aren’t likely to impact your figure significantly, the weight fluctuations associated with pregnancy and other major life events may cause dramatic changes in your physique. Use this helpful information from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the acclaimed team at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA to better understand how changes in your weight may affect your breast implants and what you can do to preserve your feminine, youthful look for as long as possible.

What are my options for breast augmentation?

Potential changes in your breast augmentation results over time will vary based on what type of breast implant was used, your body type, skin elasticity, and other factors. The majority of breast augmentation surgeries in Newport Beach, CA are performed with one of the following:

  • Saline implants: silicone shells filled with a sterile saline solution
  • Silicone gel implants: silicone shells containing a non-fluid gel material

A third option for breast augmentation is fat transfer to the breast, which involves harvesting excess fat from one area of the body via liposuction and injecting it into the breasts. During your initial consultation for Orange County breast augmentation, Dr. Kelishadi will evaluate your natural breasts, discuss your specific concerns and goals, explain all of your options at length, and customize a surgical plan that best meets your needs.

Does weight loss affect breast augmentation results?

Like most cosmetic body contouring procedures, breast augmentation results can be impacted by significant weight fluctuation. Fortunately, the breast implants themselves will retain their volume and shape over time, even with weight change. However, gaining or losing weight can cause the fat cells in and around the breasts to swell or shrink, which will affect the overall appearance of the chest. In particular, weight loss can reduce natural tissues concealing the implant and make implant ripples more noticeable. In addition, losing weight often leads to a loss of natural breast volume, which may leave the patient with loose, stretched breast skin, causing the implants to sag.

For patients who undergo fat transfer to the breast, weight fluctuation can certainly alter their cosmetic results. When a patient gains or loses weight, the fat cells that were transferred to the breast will become enlarged or will shrink in size, dramatically impacting her chest size.

To maintain breast implant results over time, patients should:

  • Maintain a healthy, stable weight
  • Defer breast augmentation until after they are done having children
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Stay hydrated
  • Moisturize the skin
  • Not smoke
  • Avoid direct sun exposure
  • Wear supportive bras, especially while exercising
  • Choose an appropriately sized breast implant at the time of surgery

In some cases, weight fluctuation is unplanned or unavoidable. If you have gained or lost weight and are unhappy with how your breasts have changed, breast implant revision and/or breast lift surgery may be an option for restoring your original results.

Maintain a stable weight for the longest-lasting breast augmentation results possible in Orange County, CA

There’s no doubt that breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures among women hoping to look and feel sexier, more feminine, and more confident. By choosing a highly qualified surgeon, selecting the right type of breast implant for your body, and maintaining a stable weight, your breast augmentation results can last for years to come. To learn more about the incredible transformations that are possible for you with Newport Beach breast augmentation, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi today!

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