Will Breast Implants Eliminate The Stretch Marks On My Breasts?

Q:  Dr. Eppley, I am interested in breast augmentation. Iwant fuller breasts to eliminate the stretch marks and I would like to go one size bigger. I am a size B now. I have attached pictures so you can see what you have to work with.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. I can see your concern about breast size and there is no question that implants would be beneficial to get you from a B cup to a C cup. However, no amount of increase in breast size will eliminate your stretch marks. With the expansion of skin from breast implants, stretch marks may become somewhat less noticeable as they are pushed out and stretched flatter. But the concept of stretch mark elimination should be erased from your mind as an expected outcome. The one concern that I have about your breasts is what degree of sagging they may have. The pictures are taken with your arms up which artifically lifts them and may camouflage the actual amount of sagging. Breast implants do not lift sagging breasts which is a common misconception. So whether you may or may not need some form of a breast lift with your implants remains uncertain. When you have the amount of stretch marks that your breasts do, this adds to that concern. If you can send me some new pictures with your arms at your sides, that would help answer that question.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana