Breast Lift after Pregnancy
Pregnancy and breastfeeding cause physical changes that can leave your breasts sagging and deflated. And, try as you might, diet and exercise can be ineffective in restoring lift and firmness. Instead, you may want to consider a breast lift.
A breast lift overcomes sagging, loose breasts stretched out by pregnancy. Plastic surgeon Craig Foster, on Park Avenue in Manhattan, is known for creating a "natural-looking" breast lift that restores a woman’s breasts back to their pre-pregnancy position. And, if desired, he can perform breast augmentation to enhance fullness and improve your bust line.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure that will lift breasts to a more youthful position and re-shape sagging breasts. The treatment removes the stretched out skin that causes drooping. If needed, the nipples can be moved to a higher, more youthful location, and stretched areolas can be resized.
A breast lift alone will not change the size of the breast, but breast augmentation or reduction can be performed to tailor the procedure to your goals.
What Are the Benefits?
After pregnancy, your breasts may be sagging, uneven, and have lost volume. Your nipples may be drooping and the areolas stretched. A breast lift reverses these changes. It restores your breasts to their natural position and lifts a sagging or drooping breast. It can also restore the contour of the breast and make your breasts symmetrical.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
You may be a good candidate if pregnancy left you with stretched skin and less volume in the breasts. However, if you are planning to have more children or to lose weight, you should probably wait to have a breast lift. Losing additional weight can create additional loose skin while another pregnancy can cause the breast skin to once again stretch out.
How Is a Breast Lift Done?
During a breast lift, the surgeon will remove loose skin and tissue on the lower breast and tighten the remaining skin, moving the nipple if needed.
The procedure requires incisions in the breast. How many and where your incisions will be depend on how much your breasts sag.
The more your breasts are stretched, the more extensive the incisions will be. If minimal lift is needed, incisions will be limited to around the areola. If more lift is needed, another incision running vertically down from the areola will be made. For a complete breast lift, a third incision in the breast crease will be needed.
Most patients undergo breast lift surgery without suffering complications. However, in all surgeries there are risks such as bleeding and infection. Risks that pertain specifically to breast surgery include:
- Inability to nurse.
- Scars that will lighten, but never completely disappear.
- Possible loss of sensation around the nipples.
- Uneven position of nipples.
What to Consider
The changes caused by pregnancy are different for everyone and so the procedure to restore breasts is not the same for everyone. During an examination, Dr. Foster can explain the treatments appropriate for you based on your anatomy and your goals. For some, a breast lift is all that is needed. For others, augmentation may be a better choice. Some people need both.
A personal consultation is the best way to understand the treatment best suited for you. Please call for an appointment.