After pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women notice changes in their breast size and shape. Breasts may appear smaller or deflated as breast tissue loses volume and elasticity. While some women are not bothered by these changes, others may want to restore their pre-pregnancy bust profile. There are several surgical options available for breast restoration post-pregnancy.
Breast Lift Surgery
A breast lift also called a mastopexy, can raise sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding breast tissue. During a breast lift, the nipple and areola are repositioned higher on the breasts for a perkier contour. Incisions are made around the areola, down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the crease. Your aesthetic plastic surgeon will select an incision pattern based on your breast size and shape, areola size and position, degree of breast sagging, skin quality, skin elasticity, and how much extra skin you have.
Many women combine a breast lift with breast augmentation for more fullness in addition to a lifted, enhanced shape. Breast implants are inserted during the procedure to add volume lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Adding implants along with a lift can produce very dramatic improvements in breast size and form.
Breast augmentation surgery alone utilises implants to increase breast size. Many women find their cup size decreases after weaning. During breast augmentation, a plastic surgeon carefully positions an implant under the breast tissue or chest muscle, resulting in enhanced curves and fullness. The choice of implant type and size is a crucial part of the process and is tailored to meet the specific goals of the patient. Whether the aim is to restore the breasts to their pre-pregnancy appearance or to achieve a larger bust size than the original, the selection of implants plays a pivotal role.
Like a breast lift, augmentation surgically improves breast shape and symmetry affected by pregnancy. In addition to addressing issues of shape and symmetry, implants can also lift breasts that have lost volume. Compared to breast lifts, augmentation with implants focuses on restoring the volume of your bust.
Breast Reduction and Lift
Some women end up with much larger breasts after having children. Overly large, heavy breasts can cause shoulder grooving from bra straps, rashes under the breast creases, and severely restrict clothing choices.
When breasts become extremely enlarged and saggy after childbirth, a combination of breast reduction surgery and lift dramatically improves comfort and aesthetics. This procedure removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to lighten the load on the chest. At the same time, the remaining breast tissue is lifted into a more optimal position. The nipple and areola are moved up to a natural, proportional area on smaller, firmer breasts. This multi-surgical approach helps mothers achieve relief and comfort.
Not all women desire or are candidates for surgery after pregnancy. Some may want to wait until they are finished building their families to surgically alter their breasts. Financial constraints or health conditions can also delay or rule out surgery. In these cases, there are effective non-surgical solutions to help refresh breasts after birth.
Devices like the Brava system use gentle suction applied to breast cups inside a specialised bra. Worn for weeks, this device can naturally draw out tissue and gradually expand breast size. Results are milder than surgery but provide some lift and fullness.
Injectable dermal fillers are another in-office treatment that stimulates natural collagen and fills in lost volume. Hyaluronic acid products like Juvederm or Restylane can enhance shallow contours and provide subtle enlargement. However, since fillers are eventually absorbed by the body, injections need to be maintained every 1-2 years.
ThermiTight treatments use radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue and promote new collagen growth. This helps reshape breast collagen for a mild lifting effect. A series of sessions is recommended for improving breast shape after pregnancy.
With various surgical and nonsurgical options now available, women can safely restore a youthful, pre-baby bust profile. Talking with a cosmetic surgeon or provider is the best way to decide which post-pregnancy breast enhancement solution is right for your unique needs and preferences.