We at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery take pride in helping patients in and around the greater Milwaukee area. This means meeting diverse needs as they arise. One of the more popular surgeries for our female patients is breast lift surgery, which is performed to restore perkiness and more youthful contours to the bustline. We'd like to consider this surgery right now with regard to pregnancy and childbirth.
Changes to the Body from Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Pregnancy can lead to many changes to a woman's body. Obviously the abdominal area will stretch and the skin extend as the baby grows, but woman will also notice an increase in their breast size. This is caused by changes in the hormones in her body during the pregnancy.
In addition to a general swelling in breast size, the production of milk and the act of nursing can both lead to changes in the overall appearance of the breasts. Once breastfeeding is done and a woman's body returns to its natural pre-pregnancy hormone levels, it's not uncommon for women to notice drooping and sagging of their breasts.
About Breast Lift Surgery
The sure way to restore the pertness and perkiness of a woman's breasts following pregnancy is to perform a breast lift surgery (aka mastopexy). During a breast lift, excess skin and tissue is removed and the underlying structures adjusted in order to tighten skin and enhance overall body contour in the process.
In some cases, the breast lift surgery may be combined with breast augmentation, meaning the placement of a breast implant in addition to the removal of loose and sagging skin. This is not always necessary, though it can help some patients achieve their aesthetic goals. This can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery
The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who have breasts that droop or sag. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from medical problems or systemic conditions that would make surgery of any kind a risky proposition.
The Breast Lift Surgery Procedure
During breast lift surgery, incisions are traditionally made in an anchor shape. This means one circular incision around the areola, one incision along the crease where the lower part of the breast meets the chest, and one vertical incision that connects these other two. (It helps to think of these incisions as anchor-shaped.)
Variations on this traditional surgical incision can be made if the amount of skin tightening is not as significant. Like the combined breast lift and augmentation mentioned above, this can be discussed in the initial consultation.
Are there visible scars following breast lift surgery?
Yes, to some extent, but it's important to have some perspective.
It's important that patients have realistic expectations about the procedure, particularly with regard to scarring. There will be scars from surgery on the breasts themselves, though your surgeon will work to ensure that they are as subtle and small as possible. Also keep in mind that these scars should fade over time as part of the natural healing process and are concealed by most undergarments and bathing suits.
Other Options for Mommy Makeovers
In addition to the variations on a traditional breast lift, we can also go over the other surgeries that can help improve your body contour after pregnancy and childbirth. Combining multiple body sculpting surgeries for this purpose is known as a mommy makeover, and it can have a positive effect on your overall appearance.
Learn More About Mommy Makeover Treatments
To learn more about breast lift surgery and your many options available for advanced aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team at Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery