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Can Breasts Return to Pre-pregnancy Appearance?

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After pregnancy, your breast will NOT likely return to their exact pre-pregnancy appearance


Pregnancy is a wonderful experience, and having children even more rewarding!  Congratulations to all the Moms out there.

Regardless of whether you breastfeed or not, your breasts will likely have a slightly different appearance.

Post-pregnancy breasts are often:

  • deflated
  • saggy
  • lacking volume
  • smaller
  • occasionally larger, but droopy

Breast augmentation is one procedure many Moms seek to help get their body back to its pre-pregnancy appearance, or perhaps better than before!  Other women seek a breast lift (if they are happy with their volume in a bra and just want perkier breasts), or a breast reduction if they would like to be significantly smaller.

Be sure to visit a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a great deal of experience in surgery of the breasts for the most informative consultation about your particular options.

Karen M. Horton, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Before Baby Breasts



Pregnancy changes are very variable:

  • Volume change (usually deflation)
  • Skin laxity
  • stretching of the nipple-areoa complex
  • stretch marks

The fewer of these changes and the less severe, the better chance you have for reestoration tp your pre=pregnacy breasts.

Breast implants will help to restore size and fullness.

Sometimes, a lift is needed to remove extra skin and improve the position of the nipple and breast.

Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Breast changes, enlargment, pregnancy changes


There are several changes in the breasts during pregnancy that affects the glands, fatty tissue and overlying skin & nipple areola complex. The severity of changes again varies from person to person, hence it is difficult to predict the changes after pregnancy.

Dubai Plastic Surgeon
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Appearance of the breasts after pregnancy


After a pregnancy, the majority of patients with augmented breasts will still be pleased with the appearance of their breasts.  However, some patients will find that their breasts have become droopy.  These patients may benefit from the placement of larger implants or a breast lift depending on how the patient feels about their breast size.

Yuba City Plastic Surgeon
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Pre-pregnancy breasts


It is hard to predict what the breasts will look like after pregnancy.  They may haves some sagging and others may not have any.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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YES, just like Heidi Klum's tummy is runway-ready after 4 babies!


But you and I know that the vast majority of women have permanent changes in both their breasts and tummies after pregnancy, whether they breast-feed or not. Some, like Ms. Klum, continue to look fabulous after one, two, or more pregnancies. (Of course, not gaining too much weight during pregnancy, and dieting and exercising back to toned and svelte is needed.) The same applies to women's breasts--if your breasts don't swell too much during pregnancy and you choose not to breast feed, there is a higher chance your breasts will return to their previous look.

The reality for most women is that there will be changes, and those changes can be mild to major. Mild changes may require no plastic surgical help, whereas major changes require implants in some cases, or implants plus breast lift (mastopexy) in others.

If you're not sure, ask an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in breast surgery or "mommy makeovers." Even then, none of us has a crystal ball that wil guarantee a specific result--just lots of experience with lots of women who have the same good question!

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Breast appearance can be corrected


Normally, breast implants do not cause an over tension or weight gain over the years. However, as you get slightly older often the breast tissues itself does get slightly larger and it maybe that your breasts volume is due to increase in your natural breast tissue rather than the implants.

For more definitive answer to your query, I think it will be sensible to schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon in your local area for them to assess the appearance of your breasts and to give you a more definitve answer to your query. If you're really looking to go down a couple of sizes, liposuction to the breast tissue maybe a alternative for you.

This removes some fatty tissue from your breast and this is a good option if you don't want to go down in the size too much and would like to avoid scars that can be associated from a breast reduction operation.

Not all surgeons specialize in liposuction to the breasts but I think it would certainly be worthwhile scheduling the consultation with the surgeon in your area who does have an interest in this field.

London Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, breasts can POTENTIALLY return to pre pregnancy appearance


Dear Nona,

If you are asking in general, whether or not  breasts can potentially return to their pre pregnancy appearance, the answer is yes. If you are asking the question after these changes have occurred, the answer is no, it is very unlikely that volume loss, stretch marks, or sagging will correct itself with time.

Changes that occur after pregnancy are drooping, volume loss and stretch marks.  One significant factor is how large the breasts become with pregnancy. If the skin is stretched  to such to the point where stretch marks appear on the breasts, then it is unlikely that the breasts will return to the pre pregnancy appearance. Drooping and stretch marks are the consequences of overly stretched skin.  Volume loss is unpredictable and may not manifest until after all breast feeding is complete. Volume loss is also unlikely to correct itself once it has occurred.

Best regards

Lawrence Tong MD FACS FRCSC

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Breasts will not return to pre-pregnancy appearance



Pregnancy culminates with the birth of a baby, bringing joy to the entire family. There are many physical changes that happen during pregnancy and most are not reversible.  Your breasts can regain a nice shape and form, but they will always be different than before pregnancy, especially if you breast-fed. Implants can return the volume and the shape, but even implants will not return your breasts to their pre-pregnancy appearance.  There is nothing wrong with how breasts look after pregnancy, but they are different than before.

Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Shape and Pregnancy


The breast usually change with pregnancy. Most commonly they become larger in preparation for lactation, and then become smaller again. Some women will be left with larger breasts after pregnancy, but the majority of women have smaller breasts.

The skin of the breast also changes with pregnancy. It stretches as the breast enlarge, and then tends to remain larger afterwards, leading to variable amounts of sagging.

There are occasions when the breasts do not change much from before pregnancy to after delivery and breast feeding, but this is the exception rather then rule. It is elective surgery, but hopefully, it is reassuring to know that there are Plastic Surgeons available if you are unhappy with your breasts after pregnancy, and elect to do something about it.

Walnut Creek Plastic Surgeon
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These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.

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