If you are in your reproductive prime, you may have heard that you shouldn’t get breast lifts or breast augmentation surgery. If you don’t know whether you’re done having babies, but want to firm up those saggy breasts, should you have a breast lift? Here is more information to help you decide.
Why Have a Breast Lift?
Age, changes in weight, pregnancy, and breastfeeding all affect the way breasts look. Breasts sometimes lose a significant amount of structural support and skin elasticity with the weight fluctuations of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Since no woman wants saggy or droopy breasts, many women consider having a breast lift that eliminates the sagging of breasts that comes with breastfeeding and giving birth.
Some slight changes to the breasts are to be expected during and after pregnancy. If these changes damage your self-esteem or decrease your confidence, look into a breast lift or augmentation. Modern breast lifts help many women reverse the negative impacts of pregnancy and breastfeeding that you may experience. If you feel you look shapeless in your clothing or swimwear, consider a breast lift. Your partner will also appreciate the way your figure looks, too.
Saggy Breasts after Breastfeeding
If you’ve noticed that your breasts noticeably sag after you’ve completed breastfeeding, wait until after you’re done having children before you have a breast lift. Waiting ensures that your breasts won’t sag and undo the benefits of the lift. You might not wish to repeat the breast lift after breast skin stretches during pregnancy. If you’re not sure whether you have more children, wait until you’re done with childbearing before you have a breast lift. This remains true especially if your breasts sag after giving birth.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
During your consultation, be sure to disclose any current or past health concerns and the medications you take. You and Dr. Agarwal can then determine the best plan of action to give you the best results at the hands of this Naples breast lift expert.
During a breast lift, the cosmetic surgeon removes tissue from the breast. He’ll use either an anchor, donut, or lollipop shaped incision. Also, your areola may need to be repositioned to keep it looking natural on your lifted breasts. Breast lifts and augmentations can cause issues with your milk supply, though that issue doesn’t occur often. Most women who have breast augmentation or breast lift surgery successfully breastfeed their children after the surgery, with no problems regarding milk supply.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts become more massive and rounder. There’s no way to know what your breasts will look like after you stop breastfeeding. Women have had breast augmentation and breast lifts after having children and breastfeeding. Many women wait until after they’re sure they’re finished having babies. But you can also have a breast lift even if you might have more children.
Breast augmentations are also perfectly safe to have before you get pregnant. Augmentations sometimes reduce your milk supply, but this condition remains rare. Many women successfully have breast augmentation, breast lift, and breastfeed their babies at the same time.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Knowing about a prospective procedure helps women feel more comfortable deciding whether the surgery is an excellent choice for them. Before your surgery, Dr. Agarwal determines the desired results, technique, and the procedure he’ll use during the breast lift.
Mastopexy or a breast lift remains performed as an outpatient procedure. He uses general anesthesia. The breast lift process takes somewhere between two and three hours to complete. Some things he’ll consider are:
• Using the Benelli Lift procedure on women with minimal amounts of breast drooping. Technically, this procedure is known as a Periareolar Mastopexy, which only requires an incision around the nipples.
• Breasts that require a moderate change in ptosis, or lifting, may benefit from a Lollipop lift. Also called a Vertical Mastopexy, this m uses a vertical incision from the mid-breast to the breast’s crease. The Vertical Mastopexy remains the most frequently used type of breast lift procedure.
• The Anchor Lift or Wise Pattern Mastopexy remains preferred for use when treating large breasts with a significant amount of sagging. Incisions for this procedure include a horizontal incision across the breast, Periareolar incisions, and vertical incisions. Anchor Lift surgeries give excellent and long-lasting results.
During these procedures, Dr. Agarwal makes the predetermined incisions and then stretches the skin to reshape the breast tissue to a higher position. If breast augmentation or reduction is needed, it will be done at this time. At the end of the procedure, Dr. Agarwal uses dissolvable sutures to close the incisions and promote effective healing.
Recovering from a Breast Lift
Initial recovery from a breast lift takes about one week. You may experience swelling, numbness or bruising, but these symptoms diminish shortly after the surgery’s completion. You will get medication for discomfort, even though most women only feel mild or moderate pain as the surgery heals. You’ll get a complete list of recovery instructions from Dr. Agarwal.
Dr. Anurag Agarwal of Aesthetic Surgery Center is a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. He performs breast augmentations and breast lifts in his office in Naples, Florida. Dr. Agarwal started as a surgeon at Aesthetic Surgery. He specializes in facial plastic surgery, lip enhancement, eyelid cosmetic surgery, fat facial transplants, hair replacement, and the use of facial injectables.
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