For those struggling with weight loss or considering a weight loss surgical procedure, breast augmentation may be unacknowledged as a future possibility.

However, the physical after-effects of bariatric surgery are driving more and more women to pursue cosmetic surgery, particularly for their breasts, after the bariatric surgery and recovery period are over.

The Effects Of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a broad term that refers to any one of a number of weight loss surgeries, including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass surgery and a gastric band. While every procedure differs, the general goal is to help a patient recover from excessive weight, and allow them to live a healthier lifestyle with a lighter burden and a more physically fit appearance.

However, bariatric surgery alone often is not enough for patients to achieve the look and feel they want from their bodies. While a significant portion of the weight may be gone, patients will suffer from a volumetric loss, and possible lingering physical effects like sagging skin.

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Women in particular may find that their breasts have suffered a significant reduction in volume, or have taken on a different shape after much of the weight has been lost. While they weigh less, women may feel unattractive or less feminine because of this effect.

Options After Bariatric Surgery

For those who have undergone bariatric surgery and are unsatisfied with the results, there are a number of cosmetic procedures that can correct the undesirable areas. If the surgery is not as successful as initially planned or if there is still more weight to lose, patients may need to undergo a second bariatric procedure.

But even after a surgery is successful and after the allotted recovery time, some women still face sagging skin, loose folds of skin, or other asymmetrical portions of the body—including the breasts—that may threaten their confidence or perceived appearance. Cosmetic surgery is an option for patients who wish to avoid these unfortunate side effects.

How Breast Augmentation Can Help

A rising number of women who have undergone bariatric surgery are pursuing a breast augmentation or breast lift procedure, in order to achieve their desired physical appearance and increase their feeling of femininity. Breast augmentation can help to replace some of the breast volume lost as a result of bariatric surgery, but the excessive sagging skin may remain—this is why the procedure is often combined with a breast lift, which can tighten the breast skin and create a more natural, youthful appearance.

Bariatric surgeries can help a person lose large amounts of weight, aid in recovering a person’s physical health and restore a high level of confidence, but the sagging skin and loss of breast volume may leave a patient unsatisfied with her physical appearance.

If you have undergone bariatric surgery and are dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, consider a breast augmentation or breast lift to help restore your appearance and improve your confidence.