Talking to women after bariatric weight loss surgery, I often hear the questions, “Why were my boobs the first thing to go?” That question is so telling. When losing weight, women often lose weight in their breasts before anywhere else. While men lose weight immediately in their abdomen and neck and every other place women desire to lose weight. It’s seems unfair, but don’t get discouraged. You’ve made the best choice for your body with weight loss surgery.
Bariatric surgery is a huge accomplishment. And while I know you’d rather see the weight drop in your midsection or arms first, there are other options to help you gain confidence as you continue to lose weight.
Post-bariatric breast augmentation is often combined with a breast lift to remove sagging skin from rapid weight loss. The benefit to working with Dr. Frenzel is that he is dual fellowship-trained in bariatric weight loss surgery and cosmetic plastic surgery. So he can walk with you through your entire weight loss surgery and post-weight loss surgery journey.
If you are looking to improve the shape and size of your breasts, breast augmentation is the perfect solution. During a consultation with Dr. Frenzel, he will discuss your various options—silicone or saline breast implants, incision location, and implant placement. By using the implants of your choice, you will gain the confidence of fuller breasts.
If you have lost a large amount of weight, but don’t want to lose the curves of full, rounded breasts, allow Dr. Frenzel to help you regain your confidence with a breast augmentation. Implants come in silicone or saline and are available in different sizes, shapes, and textures. These implants can be placed below or above pectoral muscles and the surgery can involve a variety of incision options.
An umbilical incision is a small, hidden incision in the belly button. Periareolar incision is a curved incision at the outer border of the colored portion of the areola. Inframammary is a very small incision made under the fold of the breast. And, finally, axillary is an incision made in the armpit area. When combined with a breast lift, additional incision locations are involved to remove excess skin.
During a consultation with Dr. Frenzel, he will discuss all of these options and help you make the best decision for your specific body requirements. You will also learn about the risks and side effects of breast augmentation surgery. Having gone through weight loss surgery with Dr. Frenzel, patients who come back for post-bariatric cosmetic surgery feel more comfortable to openly discuss motives and desired results of breast augmentation surgery.
After surgery, a surgical bra will be required to ensure a desired outcome and minimize safety concerns. Some post-op pain is to be expected, but with the proper rest and avoiding any heavy lifting, you should be able to return to work within a week.