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Breast Lift After Pregnancy: Mommy Makeover Options

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on December 31, 2014


A topless woman covering her breastsAt Kobienia Plastic Surgery in Edina, we've been able to achieve exceptional results through various breast enhancement surgeries. This is particularly true with breast lift surgery. Breast lift (mastopexy) is a great option for drooping and sagging breasts, improving overall perkiness and shape. In fact, it's a great idea to consider a breast lift after childbirth and nursing.

How Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Affect the Contour of the Breasts

During pregnancy, a woman's hormones change in order to address the needs of the developing child. One of the many changes that women will experience is an increase in breast size. This will continue after giving birth and during breastfeeding, as the breasts will swell with milk.

After pregnancy and breastfeeding, a woman's hormone levels will gradually return to pre-pregnancy levels. With this, the shape and size of the breasts will change as well. It is not uncommon for women to notice that their breasts sag, droop, or have stretchmarks due to the fluctuations in size. This is a natural part of the childbirth process, and it's also natural given skin laxity and the nature of weight gain and weight loss.

In order to address these changes in breast shape and perkiness, undergoing a breast lift is a great option to consider.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who have experienced drooping and sagging of the breasts and would like to restore the overall perkiness and contour of their breasts. They should be in good health overall and not suffer from medical conditions that would make surgery of any kind a potential hazard to their wellness.

Incisions will be made on the lower portion of the breasts, so it's important that patients have realistic expectations about post-surgical scarring and the recovery process. Rest assured that the scars fade with time and that they are concealed by most undergarments and bathing suits.

The Breast Lift Procedure

During a traditional breast lift surgery, three incisions are made forming an anchor shape:

  • A circular incision around the areola
  • A lateral incision along the crease where the underside of the breast meets the chest
  • A vertical incision along the lower curvature of the breast that connects the previously mentioned incisions

Through these incisions, excess tissue can be removed and the breasts themselves reshaped as needed. For patients that do not experience major drooping and sagging of the breasts, fewer and/or less extensive incisions will be necessary. This can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.

Combined Breast Lift and Augmentation Surgery

In some instances, breast implants may be placed during the breast lift in order to achieve a combined lift and augmentation. The incisions used during this kind of breast lift will depend on the needs of the patient and the nature of the procedure.

How long to wait before I undergo breast lift surgery?

This depends on the patient. If you intend to have another child in the future, it is generally a good idea to hold off on breast lift surgery until you have had your next child. This is something that's worth discussing with a cosmetic surgeon as the needs of every patient and the lives of each patient will vary.

Schedule a Consultation at Kobienia Plastic Surgery

For more information about breast lift surgery and your many other options for enhancing your appearance, be sure to contact our cosmetic surgery and skin care center today. At Kobienia Plastic Surgery, we will be sure to discuss all of your options for advanced body contouring in greater detail.

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