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How Will Having A Baby Affect Your Breast Lift?

Breast Augmentation Lift

In New York, breast lift surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that can surgically correct for sagging or drooping of the breasts. It involves the removal of excess skin and reshaping of tissues for firmer, perkier and more aesthetically-pleasing breasts.

Plastic surgeons usually advise women interested in getting a breast lift procedure to finish having children before proceeding with the cosmetic surgery. This ensures that the patient can enjoy the optimal, long-term results of a breast lift. Of course, life throws curveballs and it is understandable if some patients become pregnant after their procedure, either intentionally or accidentally. In such cases, the pregnancy will likely affect the breast lift results in some way, however, there is no definitive way to determine to what extent the pregnancy will affect the breasts because every woman’s body reacts differently to the physiological and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. Unfortunately, there is little we can do to avoid these.

Although we cannot predict the types of changes that will occur, there are a few things that can be considered if you are thinking about pregnancy and breast lift surgery:

  1. Stretch marks, deflated breasts, asymmetry and sagging are often caused by physical changes induced by pregnancy. Previous pregnancies are often the reason that women get breast lifts in the first place. Therefore, if a patient has a baby after surgery, similar problems can be anticipated to reoccur. Unfortunately, the degree of breast change is unpredictable and varies between women.
  2. The ability to breastfeed can be impacted after a breast lift procedure. Many incisions for a breast lift procedure are done near and around the areola and nipples. Thus, depending on the extent of the surgery, the technique used and the healing of your body, breastfeeding can be negatively impacted.

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  1. Maintaining a steady and healthy weight range during pregnancy can help minimize negative effects on the results of a breast lift surgery. It is important to work together with your obstetrician to ensure safety and adequate nutrition when following a dietary plan and exercise regimen. These two aspects are key to helping you maintain your breast lift results during pregnancy as fluctuations in weight can contribute to sagging.
  2. In the absence of implants, engaging in exercises that focus on the pectoral muscles can help keep your breasts firm. These types of exercises include bench presses, the pectoral fly exercise, push-ups and triceps dips.
  3. Another surgery in the future may be needed in order to reach the optimal results you desire from a breast lift procedure. The possible options can be discussed with your plastic surgeon after giving birth and allowing several months for tissue to normalize.

Considering a breast lift surgery before childbirth is a personal choice. You may have a number of questions and our team at the Gartner Plastic Surgery and Laser Center would be happy to address them for you. We want to make sure that you are well-informed, realistic about your expectations regarding your breast lift procedure and understand the effects of pregnancy on breast lift results, before making any final decisions.

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