When you are pregnant, your body goes through a number of changes outwardly and inwardly. The most notable changes to your appearance include an increase in weight, stretching of the abdominal region, and enlarged breasts. Once your baby is born, your body will go through another set of changes.

The team here at our Gainesville plastic surgery center knows that women can feel self-conscious about their appearance after having a child. That’s why mommy makeovers are available and quite popular. We’d like to focus on one specific procedure that can be performed on its own or as part of a mommy makeover: breast lift surgery.

The Effects of Pregnancy on Your Body Contour

After childbirth, your body returns to more normal weight, typically comparable to your weight before you were pregnant. However, your skin may not shrink back. This is common with general skin laxity, and it leads many mothers to have stretchmarks around their abdomens, loose skin, and breasts that droop or sag.

Can Nursing Change the Appearance of My Breasts?

To a certain degree, breastfeeding can lead to changes in the appearance of your breasts. Breast engorgement (the overfilling of the breasts with milk) can cause issues with shape and contour of the breasts. The weight loss following childbirth can also affect the contour and shape of the breasts.

The sure way to improve the appearance of the breasts after pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing is to undergo a breast lift surgery.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

Good candidates for breast lift surgery are women who have drooping or sagging breasts. They should be in good health overall and not suffer from any sorts of conditions that would make the surgery a potential risk to their health or wellness. Good candidates for surgery should have realistic expectations about the surgical results as well as the various side effects involved.

Different Ways of Performing Breast Lift Surgery

There are different options for performing the breast lift depending on the extent of the sagging and drooping. Briefly, these options are as follows:

  • Traditional Breast Lift Surgery – This type of surgery uses traditional anchor-shaped incisions to reshape the breasts: an incision around the areola, an incision along the underside crease of the breast, and vertical incision along the curve of the lower half of the breast.
  • Lollipop Breast Lift – This vertical incision technique for breast lift surgery only requires a circular incision around the areola and a vertical incision along the lower half of the breast.
  • Periareolar Breast Lift Surgery – This form of breast lift surgery involves only a circular incision around the areola, through which all adjustments can be made.
  • Crescent Breast Lift – For very minor lifts, this surgery may be recommended. It involves an incision around just half of the areola.
  • Combined Breast Lift and Augmentation – This type of breast lift also involves the placement of a breast implant to improve the size and shape of the breasts.

Timing Your Breast Lift Is Key for Ideal Results

It may be best to delay a breast lift and other mommy makeover procedures until after you have finished having children. This ensures you do not require additional surgery following the initial procedures. We can discuss proper timing and other concerns with you during the consultation process.

Learn More About Breast Lift Surgery

For more information about breast lift surgery and how it can help you look younger and more rejuvenated, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon today. The team at our practice looks forward to your visit and discussing your treatment options in greater detail.