Having children is one of life’s greatest joys. However, many women are not overjoyed about the look of their breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is because pregnancy and nursing often leave women with sagging breasts, overly enlarged areolas and downward-pointing nipples. Some women even remark that their breasts look flattened like a pancake due to breastfeeding while others notice that their breasts are smaller in size than they were prior to having children.
Thankfully, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause can help. He offers several types of cosmetic breast surgery to help patients like you restore the look of their breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding. Find out which type of breast surgery might be right for you.
What Breast Lift Corrects
If you are content with the size of your breasts but are frustrated with the look of sagging breasts, excessively large areolas (the darkly pigmented skin around the nipples) or southward-pointing nipples, you might be an appropriate candidate for breast lift surgery.
With mastopexy, or breast lift, Dr. Hause removes excess breast skin and reshapes the existing breast mound, as he moves it to a higher, more youthful-looking position on the chest wall. He can also reduce the size of overly enlarged areolas by excising some of the excess skin from the outer perimeter of them, as well as move the nipples to a higher, more central location on the breasts.
What Breast Augmentation Corrects
If you are bothered by deflated-looking breasts or breasts that are smaller in size than before having kids, you might benefit from breast augmentation surgery, with saline or silicone implants. With breast implant surgery, you can achieve shapelier, more voluminous breasts.
Of course, for optimal results, Dr. Hause can combine breast augmentation with breast lift, if needed.
Some Things to Consider
Dr. Hause strongly advises that women wait until they are finished having children before undergoing breast lift surgery, as pregnancy and nursing can counteract the aesthetic benefits of the procedure.
Women who are considering having breast implant surgery exclusively are generally able to undergo the procedure even if they plan to get pregnant again, because pregnancy and breastfeeding do not typically affect the aesthetic results of breast augmentation. However, suitable breast augmentation candidates must not currently be pregnant. Also, it is recommended that they wait at least six months after they are finished breastfeeding to have the procedure, as this is how long it takes for the natural breast size and shape to become apparent.
If you are considering having children in the future, discuss this with Dr. Hause during your consultation, so he can recommend appropriate treatment options. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hause, contact us by calling (916) 646-6869.