There is no denying that a woman’s body changes when she is pregnant. The midsection and breasts undergo a dramatic transformation. The breasts begin to increase in size as early as eight weeks into pregnancy. By the time the baby is born, the breasts may be up to two cup sizes larger.
Plastic surgery can restore a woman’s figure after pregnancy by lifting, tightening, or eliminating fat and skin tissues. A breast reduction decreases the size of the breasts to create a perkier bustline that is more proportionate to the rest of the body. Here is everything you need to know if you are considering a breast reduction after a pregnancy!
Am I candidate for a breast reduction after surgery?
For starters, patients that are interested in surgery should not have any medical conditions that would increase the risk of plastic surgery.
Most women find that their breasts swell to a fuller size and shape while they are pregnant. Afterwards, a natural reduction in breast size leaves some women with the empty-looking, drooping breasts discussed above in the breast lift section. For many other women, however, the breasts remain larger than desired after childbirth. If the breasts are still overly large after you have lost your pregnancy weight and stopped breastfeeding, then a breast reduction may be the best solution.
How Long Should I Wait to Undergo Breast Reduction after Pregnancy?
It can take several months for a woman’s breasts to settle into their new size and shape. Surgery can stimulate the lactation process therefore it is wise to wait, and it is generally recommended to wait at least four to six months after having completed breastfeeding.
While each patient will recover on their own timeframe, it is important to note if you will want to breastfeed in the future. A significant amount of glandular tissue may be preserved during breast reduction surgery, leaving milk glands intact and functional. Most women who undergo breast reduction can breastfeed after their procedures, however, there is a risk that your ability to breastfeed could be affected following surgery. This is an important topic to be discussed with our surgeons at the time of your complimentary consultation!
Furthermore, it is also a good idea to ensure that you plan for appropriate assistance with your infant after surgery, as you will need an appropriate amount of time to heal from surgery.
For optimal safety, our surgeons perform breast reductions in our own state-of-the-art surgery centers. During the procedure excess breast tissue, fat, and skin is removed. The areolas are then reshaped and repositioned. While this procedure does leave fine scars, the benefits outweigh this concern for most women.
After breast reduction, you will likely be pleased with your smaller, more manageable breast size right away. It is common to have temporary nipple and breast numbness for the first 1 to 2 months or, in some cases, as long as a year. Most patients are ready to resume their normal routine within about 2 weeks; however, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least the first month.
If you are dissatisfied with the size or shape of your breasts after pregnancy, breast surgery can help. To learn more about the procedures offered by Synergy Plastic Surgery, schedule a complimentary consultation with our board certified surgeons today and unlock your personalized Synergy Experience!