Though motherhood is a wonderful, enriching experience, it can leave women less than happy with their post baby bodies. One problem for many mothers is how pregnancy and breastfeeding can change the breasts, leaving them saggy and deflated. Though no woman should be embarrassed by her bodily changes after pregnancy, every woman deserves to feel confident in her own skin, which is why you may want to consider breast lift surgery from Minneapolis-based plastic surgeon Christopher J. Kovanda.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a popular choice for women after pregnancy, as it can restore the breasts to a firmer, perkier, more youthful appearance. During the breast lift procedure, the breasts will be lifted and re-shaped by making an incision around the areola. Depending on the amount of tissue needing removal, the incision may continue down the breast and along the inframammary crease. Next, excess tissue is removed and the skin is tightened. The areola and nipple are repositioned and the incisions are closed using sutures. Surgical tape or skin adhesives may be used to further support the freshly closed incisions.
Recovering after Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift recovery generally takes around six weeks. The first few days following surgery are typically the most painful and most difficult to do things unassisted, which is why most surgeons recommend having a friend or family member around to help. Depending on the age and care needs of your child or children, it is also beneficial to arrange for extra help during the first few days of recovery since bending down and lifting is to be avoided at this stage.
Pain medications are generally prescribed to help reduce pain and improve comfort during the healing process. Swelling may also be expected after surgery and should reduce as the body heals. If pain or swelling does not reduce or worsens, it is important to seek medical attention as this could be a sign of infection or other complication. You can help avoid infection and reduce complications by following all post-surgical instructions, keeping incisions clean, and avoiding strenuous exercise and heavy lifting.
Breast Lift Risks and Benefits
Though the risk of complication is low for breast lift surgery, it is still important to be aware of the possibility of side effects and complications. Some of the possible risks of breast lift surgery include:
- Scarring: As with any surgery requiring incisions, breast lift surgery may result in scarring. The level of scarring depends on the individual, however, incisions are made to be as unnoticeable as possible. For many, scarring will fade over time.
- Infection: Any time the skin is broken, infection is a risk. Keep incisions clean and change bandages as directed to reduce the risk of infection.
- Bleeding: Excessive bleeding can result with breast lift surgery. Choosing an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Kovanda, can help reduce the risk of complications after surgery.
Breast lift surgery can be completely life changing, offering many benefits. Women who have undergone breast lift surgery experience such benefits as:
- Improved confidence: A breast lift can restore the breasts to their perkier, fuller pre-baby appearance or make the breasts look better than they did even before pregnancy. Improving the appearance of the breasts can help boost confidence.
- Restored body image: Pregnancy changes the body in many ways. For some women, these changes can cause insecurity. Restoring the breasts can help a woman view her body with confidence and pride.
- Firmer, rounder breasts: Breast lifts remove excess skin, creating firmer, rounder breasts.
- Perkier, youthful looking breasts: As the name suggests, a breast lift creates a perkier, more youthful appearance.
See If Breast Lift Surgery Is Right for You
Breast lift surgery can be performed with breast augmentation for a fuller, rounder breast. To find out which treatments are right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation today!