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Plastic Surgeon Advises Waiting for Breast Surgery after Weight Loss
Dr. Yale S. Popowich advises patients to wait until they are close to their ideal weight before undergoing breast reduction or breast augmentation in Portland, following the report in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
"Breast reduction surgery produces better long-term results if the patient is at a stable weight before surgery," explains Dr. Popowich. "Weight loss and pregnancy are the most common physical changes that can affect the breast volume. Because breast reduction surgery can be just as much about reshaping the breasts as reducing the breast volume, any significant weight loss after the surgery may change the results. Significant weight loss after breast augmentation in Portland (http://www.yalepopowichmd.com/
Breast volume can change if a patient loses even 10 or 15 pounds, but the greatest changes occur with patients who lose massive amounts of weight, either by diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, according to the study. Although most patients in the study reported being able to exercise more easily as a direct result of their breast reduction surgery, those who chose to undergo breast reduction before bariatric surgery were ultimately dissatisfied with how their breast appearance changed.
"Breast reduction allows many women to exercise more easily," says Dr. Popowich. "However, if you lose a significant amount of weight after your procedure, your results may be altered. For that reason, if a woman tells me that she wants to undergo bariatric surgery or lose significant amounts of weight, I may recommend that she wait to have her breast surgery until she has achieved her goal weight."
For those who intend on undergoing bariatric surgery, waiting to have breast surgery can have its benefits. Many patients choose to undergo multiple plastic surgery procedures after significant weight loss. In some cases, breast reduction can be combined with other post-weight loss procedures such as liposuction in Portland (http://www.yalepopowichmd.com/
Dr. Popowich explains, "If you undergo multiple procedures during the same operation, you only have one recovery period instead of several. However, it depends on the individual patient, and I always recommend discussing your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon."