The very identity of a woman is closely tied to her breasts. The size, shape and the very fact that they are part of the body the woman is born with will shape her confidence, self image and aesthetics. It is widely recognized by psychologists as the leading external identification of feminity, and that’s why when a woman’s body goes through transformation (like pregnancy, for example), it can lead to various concerns about her own attractiveness.
Here, we discuss a briefly about what happens to a woman’s breasts after pregnancy, and how we can better these concerns.
BREAST CHANGES AFTER PREGNANCY
– Breast size change
– Sagging may be observed
– Enlargement of nipple and/or areola
WHY DO BREASTS SAG AFTER CHILDBIRTH?
After childbirth, the hormones levels of estrogen and progesterone drop. Another hormone responsible for lactation (prolactin), increases. This increases blood flow to breasts and starts milk production, causing the breasts to become engorged. This subsides as the mother breastfeeds her child.
Repeated changes to breast size from milk production and feeding, this may eventually result in a change in the mother’s breasts – growing larger or smaller by even a full cup size. If the mother had experienced heavier breasts during and after her pregnancy, it may result in sagging after the child is born.
HOW DO WE LIFT SAGGING BREASTS?
There are 3 possible procedures for mothers who feel their confidence or identities are affected by the postpartum changes in their breasts.
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Lifts (also known as mastopexy) is usually done when a woman wishes to address the sagging or loss of volume in her breasts after breastfeeding. This procedure can help with sagging breasts permanently, but may require breast augmentation to be done concurrently should the mother wish address a loss in volume or restore breast shape.
A breast augmentation with implants can help mothers who have experienced a loss in volume to regain the previous breast size, or just a little bigger. This is suitable for patients with healthy and elastic skin and wish to augment their breasts to enhance their fullness. A breast lift procedure is paired here to adjust the position of the patient’s breasts.
Breast Augmentation (Fat Transfer)
A breast augmentation using the fat transfer technique is done when a patient wishes to transfer fat from herself to her breasts. This technique is commonly paired when the patient has already planned on having liposuction done on her abdomen (or other parts of the body), since the extracted fat from liposuction would be discarded.
For those interested in finding out more about breast augmentation, we have a video transcript of the experience of one such mother who experienced loss in volume after childbirth.
A MUMMY MAKEOVER BODY SHAPING PATIENT JOURNEY – VANNYTELLY
POST PREGNANCY BREAST LIFT SURGERY AT ALLURE PLASTIC SURGERY
A breast lift is ideal for women who have noticed saggy breasts after pregnancy and childbirth.
Vanessa: Hi! My name is Vanessa and I’m self employed.
Vanessa: After breastfeeding both my children, my breasts actually went down from already a small size to even smaller. Getting a breast augmentation for me is to regain fullness again in my size, so that I can gain confidence in wearing clothes nicely again. How I actually came to know about Allure Plastic Surgery is that I was looking on the website for a place in Singapore to get my surgery done.
So I stumbled across their website and I found something I really like about Dr Ho’s motto; in which he wanted to help mommies after birth do their mommy makeover, which is something very much in line with how I feel and what I actually want to achieve.
So, I decided to take leave and come over for a makeover done here.
Vanessa: Okay, this is it. Move in already. See you guys again when I’m better and recovered. Bye!
AT THE FOLLOW-UP REVIEW
Vanessa: Hi, I’m here today for my 1-month post-op review.
Vanessa: I feel great about myself, I feel a lot more confident in term of when I’m wearing clothes. I feel very free, easy and confident when I do not have to wear so much push-up bras or anything like that.
So overall, I feel great about myself and my body; my new-found assets. And, I do feel that this is the thing I’m the happiest about now.
Frankly speaking, the surgery is definitely a lot easier and better in terms of recovery than expected.
It is definitely a good procedure for postpartum mommies to regain their confidence after childbirth and breastfeeding.
Before and After: Day 10 Post-op
Apart from the physical changes that can be clearly seen in her before and after photos, there were several mentions to how much happier and how much more confident she felt after her breast augmentation procedure. And I’m sure we can all agree, a woman is at her most attractive when she happy with herself. For all the friends out there considering breast augmentation, I hope sharing this experience has helped!
Dr Samuel Ho practices at Allure Plastic Surgery. You can visit their website at https://www.allureplasticsurgery.sg/