Breast Lifts and Pregnancy: Are There any Risks?

Breast Lifts and Pregnancy: Are There any Risks?


Our skin tends to lose its elasticity as we get older, and not just on our faces. This also happens around the breast area, but pregnancy can also be a big factor for saggy breasts. As a result, many women may notice a change in their breasts before and after their pregnancy. For women with smaller breasts, changes may be subtle drooping; for those with larger breasts, they may begin to sag and alter in shape. In many cases for women, after pregnancy the breasts often lose their shape and firmness, and begin to sag.

If your breasts have lost volume and shape, you might be wondering if you are a candidate for a breast lift procedure (mastopexy is the clinical term). If you are healthy, and you have been pregnant, lost weight, or are just getting older, a breast lift may help to enhance your appearance. Drooping breasts due to pregnancy and breast feeding your baby, are one of the main reasons that women consider getting a breast lift. Most doctors recommend that you finish having children before you do the procedure, because the human body tends to shift and change with child birth.

As a breast lift is not exactly a quick or minimally invasive procedure (especially when compared to something like arthroscopic surgery), before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your board-certified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, remember that with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications and risk. During your first consultation, don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon all the questions you have. A good surgeon will examine your breasts, and discuss all of their expectations and options for your surgery, including breast size, positioning, etc. They will explain the surgery, the recovery process, and put your mind at ease about any complications or potential risks.

A mastopexy usually takes between one to four hours to complete, depending on the procedure and the person. Techniques may vary, and scarring will often depend on each unique individual. Know that with almost all cosmetic surgery, the healing and recovery process is not automatic. Your satisfaction with your breast lift will be greater if you do your research, and most importantly, if your expectations are realistic.

Remember, your body needs some time to recover after child birth and subsequent nursing, in order to return to its most natural state. To learn more about whether breast lifts are a viable option for you right now, call Atlantic Center Surgery at (954) 983-1899 to request an appointment with Dr. Stelnicki.