Breast ptosis and breast asymmetries after pregnancy and childbirth

Breast ptosis and breast asymmetries after pregnancy and childbirth

18th Nov 2019



Even though every area of the female body is important when it comes to the aesthetics of the body and physical beauty, the breasts take the top spot. The breasts define your femininity, fertility, and physical beauty. Firmer, symmetrical, and youthful breasts are the most desired physical features among women today. Women with these features look more attractive, younger, feminine, sexy, and physically beautiful. Unfortunately, the female breasts are subject to many adverse changes. Breast ptosis and breast asymmetry are two of the common conditions that many women experience in their lives.

Breast ptosis is an aesthetic problem whereby the breasts sag and become loose. Extreme cases of breast ptosis happen when the breasts hang low from your chest. On the other hand, breast asymmetry is a condition whereby one breast is differently sized or shaped than the other. It has been noted that both of these problems affect many women after pregnancy and childbirth. Let’s discuss these topics in detail.


Breast ptosis after pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth are extraordinary times in the life of any woman. Having a baby comes with a lot of excitement and new dreams. But, there is also another side to being pregnant and having a baby that has to do with your body aesthetics. During pregnancy, hormonal changes take place inside your body. These hormonal changes trigger physical changes in your body. For example, different areas of your body will expand and become large during pregnancy. 

The breasts are among the primary areas that pregnancy affects in negative ways. When you are pregnant, the hormonal changes in your body cause the breasts to enlarge and expand. But there is a limit to the maximum level that the breasts can swell without experiencing any problems. When that limit is crossed, your breast muscles will start to separate and become weaker. Furthermore, the elastin in your breast skin will weaken and damage. 

The breast muscles and the skin elasticity are responsible for maintaining the firmness, perkiness, and youthfulness of your breasts. When they are affected in negative ways, it can cause breast ptosis. But breast ptosis does not happen when you are still pregnant. It occurs after childbirth. When you give birth to a baby, your body gradually starts to normalize. Your body hormones become normal and stable after delivery. As a result, your breasts will begin to decrease in size. 

While the breasts may decrease in volume after the surgery, it will make the breast ptosis prominent. Since the skin elastin has become weaker or has been damaged, the skin will not recoil to its pre-pregnancy position. Instead, it will remain in the same place as it was during pregnancy. Furthermore, the separated breast muscles will make the breast ptosis more visible and even worse. But this does not stop here.

After childbirth, a majority of the moms decide to breastfeed their babies. Even though breastfeeding your baby is extremely important and you must not neglect it, it affects your nipples’ firmness and perkiness. For example, breastfeeding may cause the nipples to start pointing downwards, which can make your breasts look even saggier. For your nipples to look youthful, they should ideally be pointing forward. 

The good news is that a single pregnancy cannot cause your breasts to become saggy in most cases. It mostly takes multiple pregnancies to cause breast ptosis. We will talk about treating breast ptosis resulting from pregnancy and childbirth later in this article.


Breast asymmetry after pregnancy and childbirth

Breast asymmetry is another aesthetic problem that can happen after pregnancy and childbirth. Breast asymmetry occurs when one of the breasts becomes different in shape or size from the other breast. Again, it comes down to the hormonal and physical changes taking place in your body during pregnancy. The hormonal changes triggered by pregnancy affect the size and shape of the breasts. 

During pregnancy, your breasts will enlarge. After pregnancy, the breasts decrease in size. However, there is no surety that both breasts will become equally sized after the surgery. One of your breasts may decrease considerably after childbirth, whereas the other may not decrease in size at the same level and may remain relatively larger. Also, when your breasts decrease in size after childbirth, it causes the breasts to sag. There is a possibility that one of your breasts may become saggier than the other after childbirth. As a result, your breasts may look asymmetrical after childbirth.

Women desire to have symmetrical breasts, i.e. breasts that look proportional in size and shape. When the breasts are considerably asymmetrical, the condition can affect the beauty of your breasts and your overall body outline. It is for this reason that many women who get breast asymmetry after childbirth experience lower self-esteem. The lower self-esteem in turn affects different aspects of their lives. 


Treatment of breast ptosis and breast asymmetry after childbirth

Given that breast ptosis and breast asymmetry after childbirth can affect the beauty and create self-esteem issues for women, many women seek treatment for the condition. The bad news is that these conditions cannot be treated effectively without surgery. To effectively address these problems and restore your firmer and symmetrical breasts, you may consider getting plastic surgery. However, keep in mind that you should consider undergoing plastic surgery to treat these conditions only when your family is complete and you no longer want to get pregnant.

Breast lift, also called mastopexy, is one of the most popular and effective plastic surgery procedures that many women use to get back their tighter, perky, and balanced breasts. The breast lift has been in use for decades now, and it has an impressive record of delivering excellent results. 

The breast lift is performed under general anesthesia because it is highly invasive and traumatic. To know whether you are a good candidate, you should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon having experience in the procedure. The primary goal of breast lift is to make saggy breasts firmer and perky again, and the procedure can also be used to treat certain types of breast asymmetry. It can also be combined with the breast lift to address size-related breast asymmetry.

During the surgery, the plastic surgeon will make incisions on your breasts. He will then use the incisions to get access to the underlying breasts muscles that have become loose and have separated from each other due to childbirth. The surgeon will repair and tighten the breast muscles. Secondly, he will reposition your nipples so that they can look youthful and point forward from your chest. In the last step, the surgeon will  remove the excess skin from the breasts, which is critical to restoring your firmer breasts.

To treat breast asymmetry with the breast lift, the plastic surgeon will first check and determine the types of asymmetry that exist in the breast. If it is found that one of the breasts is saggier than the other, the breast lift will be employed to treat the condition. While the steps of the operation will remain the same as explained above, the surgeon will remove more skin from the saggier breast so that it can look as tighter and firmer as the other breast. He will then suture and close the incisions.

On the other hand, if the size of the breasts is different, in addition to the breast being saggy, the plastic surgeon will recommend you a combo of the breast lift and breast implant surgery. Under this surgical setup, the plastic surgeon will treat the breast sagginess through the breast lift as explained above. To address the breast asymmetry, he will place a suitably sized implant into the smaller breast so that it can become equal in size to the large breast. As a result, the breasts will become symmetrical, firmer, and youthful. 

The results of the treatment for breast asymmetry and breast ptosis will not be fully visible for several weeks after the surgery. The patient has to go through a recovery process so that the incisions can heal and the breast swelling and bruising after the surgery can disappear. After many weeks and even months, your breasts will prominently become firmer, perky, and symmetrical again. 



Breast ptosis and breast asymmetry are two of the common conditions that affect the female breasts after pregnancy and childbirth. As explained above, these problems occur due to the hormonal and physical changes that take place in your body during pregnancy. After delivery, these aesthetic problems become highly noticeable. Fortunately, the breast lift can be used to treat these problems. In this article, I have discussed the importance of the aesthetics of the breasts and how pregnancy and childbirth trigger breast ptosis and breast asymmetry. Furthermore, I have discussed as to how the breast lift effectively treats these conditions, restoring your pre-pregnancy breasts.

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