• John R Squires MD, FACS: Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Is Breast Augmentation Possible for Overweight Patients?

If you want to enhance your curves, breast augmentation surgery with saline or silicone implants is a great option to consider. Breast enlargement can increase breast size, enhance breast shape, and give you much more prominent bustline.

Dr. John Squires has helped many patients in the greater Denver, Colorado achieve their cosmetic goals thanks to breast augmentation.

Patients who are overweight or obese sometimes ask if there are any health concerns or special considerations when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. Let’s consider a few of the basics on this topic so you know what to expect.

Can overweight patients undergo breast augmentation?

In short, the answer is yes.

A number of patients who are overweight or obese have undergone cosmetic surgery and other elective surgical procedures and achieved good results. However, this can vary from patient to patient, and it is important that obese patients in particular consider the risks involved with breast augmentation surgery.

Higher Risk of Surgery Complications for Obese Patients

People who are obese or morbidly obese tend to be at a higher risk for surgical complications than people who are overweight or of a normal weight. According to a 2011 study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, women of normal weight had a 2.2 percent complication rate when undergoing breast surgery.

Obese women, by comparison, had a 18.3 percent complication rate when it came to breast surgery. This is a 12-fold increase in potential complication risks.

The report noted that breast reduction surgery was the most common surgery performed on women who were obese, accounting for 80.7 percent of breast surgeries for the obese women in the study. This makes sense since woman who are obese tend to have breasts that are large breasts that droop and sag.

Breast Augmentation Risk Was Highest Among Obese Patients

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery report found that breast augmentation surgeries comprised just 4 percent of the procedures in the obese women in the study. Yet the complication rate among obese breast augmentation patients was 50.5 percent.

This was the highest complication rate of all breast surgery procedures performed on obese women in the study. In non-obese women, the complication rate for breast augmentation surgery was just 4.4 percent.

Given the much higher rate of complications for obese women undergoing breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to consider how the risks from surgery may be far greater than the aesthetic benefits.

Discussing Surgery with Your General Practitioner

If you are obese or morbidly obese, be sure to discuss your eligibility for breast augmentation with your general practitioner. They may dissuade you from undergoing breast augmentation given the risks involved, or may make recommendations that limit the potential risks to wellness should you undergo surgery.

If you are overweight and suffer from health issues such as hypertension or diabetes, it’s also a good idea to discuss breast augmentation with your general practitioner. He or she will let you know if it is safe to proceed with breast augmentation or if there are major risks that would make the procedure a poor idea.