After pregnancy the breast glands return to their pre-pregnancy condition but the loose skin and ligaments cannot always return to their normal size and shape. Reduction of breast volume which also causes the breasts to sag is part of the natural aging process but can also occur after weight loss.
If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts but wish to restore a more youthful contour, you may be a candidate for breast lift surgery. If you have lost a considerable amount of volume in your breasts you may also want to consider having breast implants inserted at the time of breast lift surgery.
While breast lift can be performed at any age it is recommended that the procedure be undertaken only when breast development has stopped. Childbirth and breast-feeding can have a significant effect on the size and shape of your breasts. Though some women decide to have their breasts lifted before having children, you should discuss any plans to breast-feed with Dr. Wardle.
In assessing you as a candidate for breast lift surgery, Dr. Wardle will carefully check the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of the nipples and areolas. If you are overweight, Dr. Wardle may suggest that you stabilize your weight before having surgery.
There are variations to the incisions used for breast lift. The traditional method of lifting the breast uses three incisions: one around the areola, the second vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease under the breast and the third along the natural curve of the breast crease. The second method of lifting the breast uses an incision only around the areola. Dr. Wardle will discuss both options with you at your consultation.
After breast tissue, fat and skin are removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. Skin that was located above the nipple pre-surgically is pulled down and together to give a new shape to the breast. Liposuction may also be employed to contour under the arm.
Because the nipples and areolas remain attached to the breast tissue, sensation in the area is preserved. While breast-feeding may still be possible, this cannot be guaranteed.
Several days after surgery you will be able to move about comfortably. You will be instructed to wear a support bra for a few weeks, until the swelling and discoloration of your breasts diminishes. Incisions will be red at first, but will fade over time.
After breast lift surgery, it is often possible to return to work within just a couple of weeks. Often, normal activities can be resumed after several weeks.