Surgical solutions for breasts that are saggy and asymmetric after pregnancy

Surgical solutions for breasts that are saggy and asymmetric after pregnancy

11th Jun 2021

Pregnancy can be an amazing period for the future mother, and having a child is a joy like no other. But with this often comes permanent damage to the mother’s body. The areas of the body most affected by pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childbirth are without question the breasts and the tummy. After birth, the mother can also be confronted with an excess of adipose tissue in different areas of the body, but it is mostly the breasts that will look different. Moreover, we can never tell how the breasts will change after pregnancy. There are women with small breasts that are left with bigger, saggy breasts. Others were just confronted with a certain level of breast ptosis, and others lost mammary tissue after pregnancy and breastfeeding. In some cases, the breasts can also be saggy and asymmetric after pregnancy.

Patients find it difficult to understand how come in just a few months their breasts have become so different from each other. This often happens when the patient breastfeeds preponderantly from one breast. The baby might prefer one breast over the other as it might be easier for him to get the milk flowing from one breast while the other might have some obstructed ducts . Obviously, the baby will choose breasts that deliver milk in the easiest way and with the least amount of effort. Nobody wants to work hard to get food, especially at that age. The mother might prefer to offer a certain breast over the other as one might have a more sensitive nipple and could be more painful. 

There could be many causes of developing mammary asymmetry after pregnancy and breastfeeding, and it can happen more often than patients think. Moreover, keep in mind that the breasts are not identical in the first place and a simple and even slight increase in volume during pregnancy can make the asymmetry more visible and unpleasant to the eye. 

If you are suffering because of saggy and asymmetric breasts after pregnancy and looking for surgical solutions to restore the beauty of your breasts, you should know that you need to wait at least six months after breastfeeding before scheduling your consultation with the plastic surgeon. This is important to allow the breasts to get back to their initial shape and size before performing surgery on them. Also, this waiting time is important so we make sure the breasts have reached a balance and there will be no changes in terms of volume in the future. This will ensure that the results will last long and could even be permanent if the patient avoids weight fluctuations and an ulterior pregnancy. 

The procedure recommended to correct these imperfections is the breast lift, also known as mastopexy. However, some patients might want to correct some volume deficiencies when breast enhancement procedure is performed, so a mastopexy can be performed with implants or with a reduction of the mammary gland.

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