Got the Baby Blues?

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Faced with the knowledge that breastfeeding has many health benefits, many pregnant women still face a dilemma about whether or not to breastfeed. Their concern is often that breastfeeding will ruin the shape of their breasts. In actuality, breastfeeding is not the cause of changes in breasts shape following pregnancy. Rather, it is during pregnancy that changes in the breasts occur. Milk glands in the breasts swell and replace fatty tissue during pregnancy. Women with smaller breasts often enjoy the fuller breasts they have during this time, but following the birth of their child, the glands shrink resulting in a sagging appearance.

So, if you’re upset that your breasts have changed since having children, you may feel comforted to know that all women who have had children and breastfed have permanent changes to the appearance of their breasts. For this reason, after pregnancy, many women seek cosmetic surgery procedures to return their breasts to their pre-pregnancy shape. This type of surgery is generally performed at least six months after giving birth or six months after breastfeeding has ceased, whichever occurs the latest.

Solution 1: Breast Implants (Augmentation)
If your body has gone through this process and you feel as though your breasts appear saggy and deflated, a surgical procedure using natural-looking implants can restore your breasts to a more youthful shape. This plastic surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis. The small incisions are virtually undetectable, and stitches are removed in about a week.

Solution 2: Breast Lifting (Mastopexy)
Under certain circumstances, breast implants need to be supplemented with breast lifting. This is often the case if your breasts are naturally on the larger side or you experienced significant swelling in your breasts during pregnanc. When this occurs, exercise alone will not restore the skin to its original tightness. But, a Mastopexy can remove excess skin and reduce the sagging on the lower part of the breasts, lifting and firming them. This is done with local or general anesthetic.

When to have breast implant and breast lift surgery
Timing is an important question.  If you think you may be having more children soon, it may make sense to wait until you’ve had your last child since additional pregnancies may continue to change your shape. You can normally breastfeed after getting implants, but you may end up needing two procedures rather than one if you have additional pregnancies after surgery. Although, you may just need implants now, but you may need an additional lift after another pregnancy.

There are so many joys to motherhood; don’t let those get overshadowed by the physical changes of pregnancy. You can look just as good after pregnancy as you did before!

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Phoenix Plastic Surgeon