Breast Lift After Pregnancy
Drooping and sagging breasts are a common issue among women as they get older. By performing a breast lift (mastopexy), Dr. Michael Devlin can help patients in the Little Rock, Conway, and Hot Springs, AR area achieve perkier, rounder, and firmer breasts.
In addition to helping older patients have perkier breasts, a breast lift can also benefit mothers in numerous ways. The team at our practice would like to explore the basics of breast lift after pregnancy.
How Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Nursing Affect the Breasts
During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes. In addition to weight gain and weight loss that affects the abdominal area, a woman’s breasts can change significantly. Milk production and breastfeeding can increase the size of the breasts. Once milk production ends, a woman’s breasts may appear droopier and sag.
The sagging of the breasts after pregnancy might be more pronounced in some women than others, resulting in feelings of self-consciousness. The only way to reverse these effects on the breasts is to undergo surgery.
What Happens During a Breast Lift?
During a breast lift, a plastic surgeon removes excess skin and tissue of the breasts in order to achieve a much perkier, firmer appearance. This will typically involve a set of three anchor-shaped incisions: one incision around the areola, one incision along the natural crease where the underside of the breast meets the chest, and a vertical incision along the lower curvature of the breast to connect the previously listed incisions.
There are variations on this anchor-shaped incision method depending on the extent of sagging and drooping. We can go over these options in more detail when you’re at our practice.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift
The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who are self-conscious about the size, shape, and contour of their breasts. They should be in good health and be able to undergo a surgical procedure without putting their general wellness at risk.
With regard to post-pregnancy breast lift in particular, it’s important that patients are no longer pregnant or nursing. It’s also important that mothers are done having children. Timing is everything with the procedure when it comes to long-term results.
Combined Breast Augmentation and Lift
In addition to a traditional breast lift, it’s possible for surgeons to perform a combined breast lift and augmentation. This procedure involves the placement of silicone or saline breast implants while also removing loose skin and sagging tissue. The breasts are firmer, larger, perkier, and better shaped after the implants are in place.
In essence, this combination of surgeries means that patients get the benefits of breast lift while simultaneously experiencing the benefits of breast augmentation. We can discuss candidacy for this procedure in more detail during your visit to our practice.
The Results of Post-Pregnancy Breast Lift
The results of a post-pregnancy breast lift can be dramatic. Women will no longer feel self-conscious about the look of their breasts after surgery. They’ll be able to wear their favorite tops, undergarments, and bathing suits with renewed confidence. Scarring is typically well hidden, and the scar tissue fades over time with proper aftercare.
Contact Devlin Cosmetic Surgery
For more information about breast enhancement options, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. You can reach our office by phone at (501) 222-1173.