Breast Augmentation for Overweight Women

One of the more common misconceptions that our prospective patients have when they come in for a consultation is that a breast augmentation would not be advisable if they are overweight. Our surgeons at Jefferson Plastic Surgery have performed breast augmentation on women of different body shapes and sizes, including those who may weight more than their ideal weight.

Nevertheless, there are some important considerations for some women to keep in mind if they are seriously considering undergoing a breast augmentation procedure. Read on for more specifics about some of these reasons why you might want to consider breast augmentation, even if you are overweight.

Keeping Everything in Proportion

One of the more common misconceptions people have about weight gain is that fat is distributed equally throughout the body. In other words, an overweight person will have approximately the same amount of fat cells in the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and breasts.

Depending on your genetics, you may be predisposed to develop fat in certain areas more than others. The end result is that your body may look out of proportion. For example, the majority of your fat may be distributed around the hips. This will draw more attention to an area in which you wish to minimize attention.

In this case, breast augmentation can even out the upper and lower halves of your body. Furthermore, enhancing the breasts will have the added advantage of making your hips appear to be in better proportion with the rest of your figure.

Correcting Asymmetrical Breasts

Another misconception is that the left and right sides of the body are always symmetrical. In fact, there are often variations between the length of the right and left arm and leg, as well as the size of the hands, feet, eyes, and breasts.

In most cases, these asymmetries are so small as to be almost unnoticeable, particularly in the breasts. However, if your breasts are at least one cup size apart, it will not only be noticeable, but may also be difficult to find bras and clothing that properly fits.

Similar to a case of small breasts, an augmentation procedure can address asymmetry, making both breasts appear closer in size and shape.

Changes in Weight

If you are currently working on losing weight, our surgeons suggest waiting until your weight has stabilized before having your breast augmentation surgery. The breast comprises fat cells and mammary glands, but no muscles. This means that if your weight changes, the size and shape of your breasts may change accordingly.

If your weight is still fluctuating when you have your breast augmentation, your final outcome from the surgery may not be optimal. Our surgeons suggest maintaining a stable weight for a minimum of 12 months before undergoing surgery.

There are a number of misconceptions about women who are overweight. Chief among these is that overweight women are not good candidates for cosmetic surgical procedures other than tummy tuck or liposuction. In fact, our surgeons believe that overweight women can be excellent candidates for many of the procedures we offer, provided that they are in good health.

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Jefferson Plastic Surgery is located on the corner of 9th and Walnut streets in Center City, Philadelphia on the 15th floor of the Wills Eye Hospital Building.

Jefferson Plastic Surgery
840 Walnut Street - 15th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 625-6630
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