I went from a 36C to a 40F while pregnant, now I am back to a 36C. I now have lifeless, sagging, breasts with extra skin and large areolas with a nipple that has decided to invert on its own (left nipple). I would like perkier fuller and more attractive breasts that are closer together with a smaller areola and a normal nipple. How can we accomplish this? What is the down time? How soon would I be able to fly after surgery? How long before I would be able to hold/carry my toddler?
I Have an Inverted Nipple, Large Areolas, and Sagging Breasts from Pregnancy, What are My Options? (photo)
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Options for breast involution after pregnancy
Your options are for a breast lift only, or for a breast lift with implants if you want to be bigger. Schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area to ge the details for a specific recovery regimen.
Improvement in breast shape via a breastlift.
Given the goals that you stated, a breastlift or mastopexy is your best option. Whether or not to add implants depends upon how you feel when your breasts are properly fitted in a bra. If you like the volume in a well-fitted bra, implants are not necessary. A mastopexy will reduce the areolar size, improve the position of the nipples, improve breast projection (perkiness), and remove excessive skin. The recovery is fairly rapid (1-2 weeks), you can fly after a few days, and you can lift your toddler in 2-3 weeks. Also, if you wished to have an augmentation at a later date, it becomes a much more straightforward procedure when staged after a mastopexy.
Achieving perky, attractive Breasts after pregnancy
It is first important to be sure you will have no further children, as another pregnancy will probably adversely affect any surgical outcome achieved.
Secondly, please be aware that nipple inversion, when new, can be a sign of a problem that you should notify your family doctor and/or gynecologist about.
Assuming that you are healthy and there are no concerns about your breast health, your options are to have your breasts lifted, or to have them lifted in conjunction with placement of an implant.
From your description of your goals, I think you would probably be best off with lift/implant, but the best advice I could give you is to spend your time and energy researching and locating a GREAT SURGEON, and THEN worry about the what and the why.
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I would recommend a breast lift together with modest size breast implants. I would emphasize the lift over the size. These two procedures work in sort of opposite directions. The larger you want your breast, the less tight it can be made. Because you want your areolas to be smaller, and I agree with you on that, more skin will need to be removed in order for them to look good. With more skin being removed there is less room for the implant. Basically I would recommend going for the "higher, tighter, perkier breast" rather than the "larger fuller breast". I still think that an implant of about 250-300cc would work which at the end of the day would increase your cup size by about 1 size
Breast Contouring After Pregnancy
You would be a good candidate for a breast lift (which would also reduce the areolar width) and a breast implant, if you desire to be fuller with more upper breast definition. The best option for you would be discussed at the initial consultation when you review with your surgeon your goals for surgery. Nipple inversion might improve after breast augmentation. . .however after a physical exam, it could be determined if correction of inverted nipples could also be performed at the time of the initial breast surgery. You can certainly fly after surgery. . . would recommend waiting two weeks if you live out of town. However, if you are a flight attendant, I would want you to refrain from working if you are having to do exertional activity for 3-4 weeks following surgery. It is impossible not to hold/carry your toddler. . . but do so with discretion and try not to do lifting with you upper body strength following surgery for a few weeks.
Breast Lifting and Augmentation
Thank you for the question and pictures.
I think you are an excellent candidate for breast augmentation/mastopexy surgery. This operation should meet all of your stated goals. The operation will involve “down time” of about 1 week. You should be able to fly after a few days and hold/carrier toddler after 2-3 weeks.
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An augmentation with mastopexy will improve your volume, lift your breast, and reduce the areolar size. Your left nipple appears to be only partially inverted as it is protruding in one of the pictures. This is common and will sometimes improve after implant placement. I would recommend that you see what happens with the nipple inversion after the surgery, then correct it at a second procedure if it is still inverted.
It appears that you would be a good candidate for an augmentation mastopexy (breast implants and lift). This procedure includes an areola reduction as part of the lift. Most of my patients have this done all at one surgery. Sometimes placing an implant will correct an inverted nipple. I would recommend having the augmentation mastopexy done and then if the nipple is still inverted it can be corrected as a simple office procedure at a later date if needed.
You need to visit with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss the technique of lift and the augmentation options.