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Rejuvenate the Breasts after Pregnancy with Breast Lift Surgery

By Peter Fisher, MD on May 19, 2017


A woman in a braPregnancy and breastfeeding changes a woman's body in many ways. The impact pregnancy and breastfeeding has on the breasts in particular can leave many women unhappy with their appearance.

Fortunately, breast surgery can help restore breasts left deflated and drooping after pregnancy to a fuller, perkier appearance. Breast lift surgery is especially beneficial after pregnancy and breastfeeding as it helps restore the perkiness of the bust line for a rejuvenated appearance. To find out if you're a candidate for a breast lift after pregnancy, contact San Antonio, TX plastic surgeon Peter Fisher.

The Effects of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding on the Breasts

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can permanently change the shape and firmness of the breasts. Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause the breasts to grow larger. If a woman chooses to breastfeed, the breasts will continue to increase in size and stretch the skin to accommodate milk production.

As hormone levels return to pre-pregnancy levels after pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts will reduce in size. Such a loss of volume after the breast tissue has been stretched can leave the breasts looking saggy and droopy.

How Can the Breast Lift Procedure Help?

Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, can improve the appearance of sagging, drooping breasts and rejuvenate the bust line, making it a great treatment option for women after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Breast lift surgery creates a perkier bust line through the removal of excess breast tissue. Breast lift surgery is performed by either making an anchor shape around the areola, a lollipop shape, or a donut shape. The type of incision used generally depends on the needs of the patient, such as desired scar location and amount of tissue needing removal. Once the incision is made, skin is pulled taut and excess tissues are removed. Once the breasts are lifted and shaped to the desired appearance, the incisions are closed and the breasts bandaged.

How Long Should You Wait to Undergo a Breast Lift?

It's recommended that women wait several months after they have stopped breastfeeding before undergoing breast lift surgery. This allows the breasts time to decrease to their new “normal” size, as well as to reduce the risk of infection that may occur if still lactating. Women who are not done having children may want to consider waiting until they are done because pregnancy after breast lift surgery can cause the breasts to sag once again.

Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

Candidates for breast surgery include those who are unhappy with the appearance of sagging, drooping breasts and would like to restore the perkiness of their bust line. Ideal candidates for breast lift surgery should be in good general health to reduce the risk of complications. They should also have realistic expectations about the results of breast lift surgery and be committed to following post-surgical instructions to ensure a healthy recovery.

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Breast lift surgery can help restore the breasts and enhance overall appearance after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you would like more information about breast lift surgery, or other breast surgery options, please contact Dr. Fisher today.

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