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Should I Get A Postpartum Breast Lift to Correct Changes in My Breast?

| February 14, 2022 August 2, 2023 | |

postpartum breast liftThe journey to motherhood is one of the most fulfilling experiences a woman can have in her life. From the moment she discovers her pregnancy, carrying her child over the course of 9 months, to finally holding her baby – motherhood is full of priceless moments. But like any journey, this one has its ups and downs.

For any woman, the physical changes following pregnancy are one of the first, most difficult challenges she faces. Swelling, tenderness, and bloating are among the first symptoms women face during the nine months of pregnancy, and more changes follow in the months after giving birth.

Some of these noticeable changes include sagging skin, stretch marks, and an asymmetrical appearance that makes them feel less attractive and confident with their bodies. One main part of the body is first to experience visible changes in the breast. And while many moms are able to continue their duties of caring for their children, they fight an inner battle as they face the physical challenges of motherhood. This makes them resort to staying at home, hiding from the public, and wishing for a way to restore their previous bodies.

Fortunately, a breast lift is an option women can opt for to revitalize and improve the appearance of their breasts, especially after having children.

Breast Change During and After Pregnancy

During the course of pregnancy, the breasts will begin to change due to the rise of progesterone and estrogen levels in the body. They may start swelling partly due to the increased blood flow as well as the beginning to make room for milk production. Other changes will begin to occur, such as the nipple’s color, size, and shape.

All these adjustments that the breast is going through during pregnancy can affect the weight of the breast and, over time, can contribute as the leading cause for breast sagging and stretch marks.

After pregnancy, there are further changes in the breast as the woman’s body is now ready to move into the breastfeeding phase. This often results in milk leakage and breast swelling, which is considered natural as the body adjusts to producing milk to provide nourishment for the baby.



What is a Breast Lift and What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

A breast lift can help patients raise their breasts and tighten the skin for a perkier appearance of the breast. While it’s inevitable for all women, the wear and tears the body absorbs after having a child speed up the process of the breast losing its elasticity and causing it to have a droopy look. With a breast lift, the nipple and areola can be repositioned while removing excess skin.

A breast lift is performed using a variety of techniques:

  • Crescent Lift, in which a small incision is made along the upper half of the areola.
  • Periareolar Lift, in which an incision is made along the areola to remove the dark areas and excess skin
  • Lollipop Lift, in which two incisions are made: one around the areola and the other facing downward.
  • Anchor Lift, in which the areola is circled and the incisions are made vertically downward and horizontally across the breast crease to correct severe sagging of the breast

Compared to breast augmentation, a breast lift is regarded as a more natural approach to restoring and even improving the breast without the use of an implant.

Some of the benefits that women can get with getting a breast lift are:

  • The removal of excess skin and tissues that causes drooping
  • Tightening of saggy breasts
  • The appearance of the breast sits higher on the chest area
  • Re-shaping of the areola
  • Improving the firmness of the breast
  • Improvement in the bust line appearance of the breast

Combining a Breast Lift With Other Procedures

While getting a breast lift is one way for women to restore their confidence in their bodies after childbirth, some patients opt to combine a breast lift with other cosmetic procedures in order to achieve their goal of improving their physical appearance. Some of these combinations are:

  • Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation
    Whether through fat transfer or implants, some patients with higher expectations on the outcome opt for combining breast augmentation with a breast lift to get an enhanced version of their breast with long-lasting results.
  • Breast Lift with Tummy Tuck
    Most patients, specifically those who had previously undergone cesarean pregnancy, are the ones who commonly request a tummy tuck procedure. Since most doctors are against immediate tummy tuck following childbirth, patients opt to combine their tummy tuck procedure with a breast lift procedure.
  • Breast Lift as part of Mommy Makeover
    A Mommy Makeover consists of a series of treatments to help women regain their confidence through various treatments such as liposuction, tummy tucks, vaginal rejuvenation, and breast lifts. Women who wish to get a Mommy can combine two or more of these treatments to restore or enhance their bodies and enjoy motherhood with self-confidence.

Will Pregnancy Ruin The Results of My Breast Lift?

For patients who have not yet had a child or are unsure whether to have a child, it is normal to wonder if pregnancy will affect or negate the results of a breast lift.

It is worth noting that a breast lift does not affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant and poses no risk to herself or the baby. However, there is a high likelihood that the results of a breast lift will be affected due to the hormonal changes that the body goes through throughout pregnancy.

These changes can certainly be improved by revision surgery in the event of an unforeseen pregnancy. Nevertheless, it is in the best interest of the patient to consider a breast lift once she has started a family.

Restore Fullness to Your Breasts After Pregnancy

There is no denying that entering motherhood is a fulfilling season in any woman’s life. But that doesn’t mean mothers should have to live their lives doubting and constantly worrying about their physical appearance. A breast lift can help mothers enjoy every moment they spend with their families with a body in which they can be proud and confident in.

For years, Dr. Tiwari and I have been helping women witness how a breast lift can change their lives. Now it’s your turn. Allow us to share with you the physical and emotional benefits of what a breast lift can do for you. Schedule a consultation with us now, and let’s transform you into the best version of yourself.

About the Author

Dr. Pankaj Tiwari, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who focuses on breast reconstruction with advanced microsurgical techniques (DIEP and GAP flaps) and the treatment of lymphedema.
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*Our blog entries are written in order to further educate our patients and raise awareness towards topics related to plastic surgery. Any solutions offered on this blog are intended to help possible patients develop educated decisions before undergoing a consultation with our doctors.

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