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Breast Lift after Pregnancy

Posted Oct 29, 2013 by Stephen Greenberg, MD

Manhattan Breast Lift after PregnancyPregnancy and breastfeeding can leave the breasts deflated and saggy. If pregnancy has left you feeling insecure about your breasts, breast lift surgery may be right for you. Manhattan plastic surgeon Stephen T. Greenberg offers breast lift surgery to restore the breast's firmness and perkiness for a rejuvenated look and improved confidence.

The Breast Lift Procedure

Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is a procedure designed to raise and re-shape the breasts for a more youthful appearance. During breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the areola, possibly extending down the breast and along the inframammary crease so that excess breast tissue can be removed. The areola and nipple are repositioned, the skin envelope is tightened, and the incisions are closed. The incisions are closed with sutures and may also be supported with surgical tape or skin adhesives.

Breast Lift Surgery Recovery

In general, the first few days following surgery are often the most painful, however, most surgeons will prescribe pain medication to ease pain and discomfort. To help ensure proper healing and avoid complications, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least four to six weeks. You will also be taught how to care for your incisions to avoid infection or other complications. Pain and swelling are to be expected for the first few days following surgery but if pain and swelling become worse, this may be a sign of infection and should be brought to your physician's attention immediately. Following all of your surgeon’s post-operative instructions is vital to having a successful breast lift recovery. It is also beneficial to have a friend or family member around during the first few days following surgery, especially for patients who are new mom's or mothers of young children, since it may be difficult to move around and bending down should be avoided.

The Risks and Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery

As with all surgery, the breast lift procedure carries some risks. The risk of complication is relatively low for breast lift surgery, however, patients should be aware of these risks regardless. The possible risks of breast lift surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Though the risks are minimal, there are many benefits to breast lift surgery. Breast lift surgery can restore your confidence and give you back your pre-baby breasts. Some of the benefits you may expect to see with breast lift surgery include:

  • Improved confidence
  • More youthful appearing breasts
  • Fuller, rounder breasts
  • Perkier looking breasts

Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

Candidates for breast lift surgery should be healthy enough to undergo surgery and also suffer from one or more of the following:

  • Unhappy with breast appearance
  • Sagging breasts
  • Droopy breasts
  • Deflated looking breasts

Find Out if You're a Candidate

Breast lift surgery can restore your confidence by restoring the shape and perkiness of your breasts. To find out if you're a candidate for breast lift surgery or to learn more about this or other procedures, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenberg today!

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