When a woman becomes pregnant, her breasts experience a series of changes in order to prepare them for feeding a baby. These changes occur as a result of an increase in the hormones estrogen, progesterone and prolactin, which is the hormone that triggers milk production.
While breast changes during pregnancy vary from woman to woman, some women experience a substantial increase in breast size well before the baby is born. After childbirth, estrogen and progesterone levels decrease rapidly, and after about the third day, the breasts become engorged with milk.
Whether or not a woman chooses to breastfeed, her breasts go through significant changes during pregnancy and following delivery. When you factor in pregnancy weight gain, and subsequent weight loss after having one child, if not two or three, it's no wonder why a woman's breasts no longer resemble their "pre-pregnancy" state.
Why Women Choose Breast Lift Surgery
Breast augmentation can certainly reshape a woman's breasts and restore them back to their original splendor, but pregnancy changes may require a larger implant to fill out the stretched skin. Some women do not wish to be a lot larger and may benefit from a breast lift to return their breasts to their youthful shape.
A breast lift addresses sagging breasts with drooping nipples and stretched areolas, recreating the youthful shape that a woman enjoyed before baby. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, each year thousands of women successfully undergo breast-lift surgery, and are extremely pleased with the results. Sometimes a breast lift may be combined with an augmentation to replace the loss of breast tissue that can occur after pregnancy.
Are you a candidate for breast lift surgery?
You may be a candidate if you experience "droopy " or "deflated" looking breasts naturally or after:
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Natural aging
How long can you expect your results to last?
When a breast lift is performed correctly, your breasts should be beautiful for decades, assuming that you do not become pregnant or experience any significant weight fluctuations. While some settling may occur, your new nipple position should remain intact. Some patients may have laxity of the skin which may cause the breasts to sag sooner.
Typically, we do more than just lift the skin, the entire breast is sculpted to create beautiful, lasting results.
Benefits of a breast lift:
- Elevates the breasts
- Reshapes sagging breasts
- Nipples are positioned higher
- Breasts are firmer
Dr. Yuly Gorodisky is a Board Certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with breast lift, breast reduction, and breast augmentation procedures. To request a consultation with a Oxnard plastic surgeon, contact our office today!