Weight gain and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can result in sagging breasts. To restore a more youthful appearance, many women undergo a breast lift after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Dr. Brian Burns uses the latest surgical techniques to improve the appearance of the breasts at our Victoria, TX practice. Dr. Burns conducts all consultations and follow-ups in person to ensure that you always have a clear and concise understanding of what your cosmetic procedure entails. Here, you can learn more about what to expect when you undergo a breast lift after pregnancy.
Why Do the Breasts Sag after Pregnancy?
The same hormonal changes that cause breasts to swell during pregnancy can leave them deflated after childbirth. During pregnancy, hormones cause the breasts to enlarge and prepare to make milk. After breastfeeding is complete, the levels of these two hormones drop, causing the breasts to shrink in size.
The breasts may sag because the skin envelope was stretched during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Even though the breasts become smaller, the skin won’t necessarily snap back into place and conform to your new, smaller breast contours.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Dr. Burns will perform an exam and speak to patients about their cosmetic concerns before recommending a breast lift. Candidates should be at their ideal body weight (to prevent the risk of future sagging) and not plan on having more children. In general, a good candidate for this procedure should be:
- Over 18
- Realistic about what a breast lift can and can’t deliver
- In good health with a stable body weight
- Not breastfeeding or pregnant
- A non-smoker
- Experiencing discomfort or lack of confidence as a result of the appearance of their breasts
- In good emotional health
How a Breast Lift Work
Dr. Burns may choose one of several surgery options to lift the breasts. These techniques elevate the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the skin envelope. For patients that are unhappy with the size of their breasts, we can also place breast implants during breast lift surgery.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
The main benefit of a breast lift is perkier, more youthful-looking bustline. Many women report that a raised bustline leaves them feeling and looking younger.
Patients who were considering breast augmentation may find that a breast lift fulfills their aesthetic goals, reducing the need for breast implants.
Find Out If a Breast Lift Is Right for You
Most women agree that motherhood is one of life’s most precious gifts. This gift doesn’t have to come at the cost of your body. For women who wish to recover their pre-pregnancy bustline, a breast lift can be a safe and long-term solution. To learn how Dr. Burns can improve the appearance of your breasts, contact our office online or call (361) 576-1975.