Summary: Pregnancy can cause dramatic changes to your body and breasts. A different breast appearance after pregnancy is a common concern for many women. Listed below are four ways that pregnancy can impact the look and feel of your breasts, along with an explanation of how different combinations of breast enhancement procedures can help you feel like yourself again.
1. Deflated Appearance
Your changing hormones during pregnancy, along with rapid weight fluctuations and the impact of breastfeeding, can all cause your breasts to take on a deflated appearance after your baby arrives. A decrease in volume is normal following pregnancy or weaning, but can be disappointing for women who prefer the figure they had before they became pregnant.
A breast augmentation can help add volume to the breast tissue and restore a curvier appearance. Depending on the size of your breasts, Dr. Meade will assess whether implants or a breast lift should give you better results. Although a breast lift won’t technically increase your existing breast size, the procedure can reshape deflated breasts for a fuller appearance again.
2. Sagging or Drooping
As another common result of pregnancy, breasts can sag and take on a lower position on the chest wall. This can be frustrating for women who miss the lifted, perkier look they likely enjoyed before having children.
A breast lift is the typical procedure performed to reduce sagging. During a breast lift, Dr. Meade removes excess skin and tightens the underlying tissue. The result allows your breasts to sit higher on your chest for a shapelier look and more youthful placement.
3. Change in Texture
Breast tissue can undergo many changes during pregnancy, many of which can affect the feel of your breasts and their appearance. Increased sagging and deflation can result in breasts that are softer and lack the firm texture of a youthful breast.
Breast implants mimic the feel of natural breast tissue in that they are firm yet yielding to the touch. Even undergoing a breast lift without the addition of implants can mean an improvement in the texture of existing breast tissue, as lifting and reshaping the breasts often results in a firmer feel as well.
4. Permanent Changes in Size
The fluctuating hormones that characterize pregnancy can have a significant impact on the size of your breasts. Breastfeeding can also impact their final size as milk production increases. While these changes are normally temporary, some women are surprised to find that they end up with a permanently larger or smaller breast size even after the baby is weaned and hormones have returned to normal.
For women who feel their breasts are too small, silicone or saline breast implants can be a viable option to add size by increasing volume. Dr. Meade can help you determine the type and size of implant that will help you reach your personal appearance goals.
If you feel that your breasts are now too large after pregnancy, Dr. Meade may suggest a breast reduction to remove the extra tissue and create a smaller, firmer breast profile that’s more proportionate to the rest of your frame.
As with any procedure, having realistic expectations about your breast enhancement is essential in ensuring the best outcome. There is no one-size-fits-all solution that works for each woman who wants to improve her figure after pregnancy, but taking a customized approach toward breast enhancement can address the impact of pregnancy and nursing in a way that’s naturally flattering for a beautiful final result.