Post-Bariatric Breast Surgery
The breasts often lose significant volume and develop sagging after bariatric surgery and/or massive weight loss. To help recover the initial youthful look, Dr. Ramin Behmand offers both breast lift and breast augmentation. These two procedures can be done alone, or they can be combined. Breast lift is designed to remove excess skin and bring the breast into a higher position on the chest. It is the use of a breast implant, through breast augmentation, which adds volume and an improved shape and firmness to the breast.
During your consultation with Dr. Behmand, you will have an opportunity to discuss your options and create a treatment plan that is appropriate for your needs and goals. We are excited to help guide you through this second phase of your weight loss process.
The Post-Bariatric Breast Procedure
Your post-bariatric breast procedure will typically take 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on whether you need an augmentation or lift alone or a combination of the two procedures. The incision for breast augmentation is typically placed in the crease under the breast. The incision for a breast lift is commonly located around the areola with a straight line extending down to the crease under the breast. The ideal position for the breast implant is generally behind the chest muscle. Dr. Behmand will discuss any variations that are better suited to your specific condition during your initial consultation.
Implants for Post-Bariatric Breast Procedures
In the event that you choose to have breast augmentation using implants, Dr. Behmand will discuss your implant options during your initial consultation. Our patients have the choice between saline, cohesive silicone gel, and “gummy bear” shaped implants.
Recovery From Your Post-Bariatric Breast Procedure
Typically within 1-2 hours upon completion of your breast procedure, you will be released home from the surgery center to a responsible adult. We ask that you take at least 1 week off of work to fully recover in the calm and comfort of your home.
Most patients will experience mild discomfort for the first 3 to 4 days after surgery. This discomfort can be controlled with prescription medication, which is provided to you during your pre-operative appointment. At this time, you will also be provided with detailed post-operative instructions. We ask that you follow these instructions carefully; they include minimizing upper arm movements and any exercise-related physical activity for approximately 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
For more detailed information about our breast procedures, please take a moment to read through our procedure specific pages below: