During pregnancy, the body of the woman goes through multiple transformations. Naturally, the breasts are affected by this change as well. After giving birth, breasts can become quite soft as they only have a small quantity of the first milk, also called colostrum. After a few days from giving birth and also during pregnancy, the breasts can increase their volume, preparing for breastfeeding. The breasts can become hard, fuller, heavier and not ultimately, more sensitive to the touch.
These changes in the size, shape, and fullness of the breasts don’t occur in all women. Some women will get their pre-pregnancy breasts after breastfeeding has stopped. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the vast majority of women. Many women complain that their breasts have a deflated appearance once the breastfeeding has stopped and would like to find a way to make them fuller and rounder again. Improving the size and shape of your breasts for a longer period of time is possible nowadays only with the help of plastic surgery. For many patients, the breast lift surgery performed at least six months after the breastfeeding has stopped provides impressive results in terms of breast appearance.
Causes of deflated breasts
When a woman is breastfeeding, her breasts will look fuller and seem heavier due to milk production. There are women who notice that when breastfeeding time is close, the breasts became fuller, hardened and even a bit painful. But shortly after the breastfeeding session is over, you will notice a reduction in the volume of the breasts, as well as a drop in the pressure felt like a relief.
Once you stop breastfeeding, the breasts can get back to normal, and by this, we mean the dimensions before getting pregnant. But in most cases they will sag, lacking firmness and even present stretch marks. Some say these side effects only occur if the woman is not careful with her breasts during pregnancy and breastfeeding (not using moisturizing creams, for example), but we can tell you for sure that in most cases they can’t be avoided as the factors that cause sagginess are also genetic and related to the quality of the skin.
There are doctors who say that wearing a bra all the time during pregnancy and especially breastfeeding will help the muscles support the breasts, helping avoid breast ptosis. While wearing the right bra is important at all times, genetics play an important role in breast sagging, and the bra can’t fight hereditary factors.
If your breasts increase in significant volume during breastfeeding or pregnancy, chances are they will start to sag once breastfeeding is over. This is caused by the over-stretching of the ligaments that support the breasts. There are no physical exercises that will help you improve the tonus of your breasts when they start to look deflated because there are no muscles in the breasts that you can tone. The breasts are made of fat tissue and the mammary gland, with the pectoral muscles under the breasts. Working out to tone the pectoral muscle won’t improve the aspect of your breasts. More than this, it can even make them look more sagging.
Mammary ptosis is defined by a dropping of the mammary gland and a distention of the skin around it. The breasts are in a lower position than natural and most often have no fullness at the superior pole. This is the reason why the breasts look deflated, because the sagginess that occurs makes the fullness go to the lower pole of the breasts while the upper side looks empty.
The sagginess of the breasts is a natural occurrence and all women are affected by it at some point, either sooner or later in their lives. However, there are factors that can expedite the occurrence of breasts ptosis such as massive weight loss or pregnancy and breastfeeding.
After breastfeeding, there can be an isolated case of breast ptosis that is also associated with a certain degree of mammary hypertrophy. The surgical intervention performed to correct sagging or deflated breasts that can occur after pregnancy and breastfeeding is called a mastopexy or a breast lift.
The breast lift aims to reposition the areola and nipple complex to a more elevated position. It also aims to lift the mammary gland and remove the excess skin and tissue in order to achieve harmonious breasts that are in the right anatomical position and with a beautiful shape.
There are multiple techniques that your plastic surgeon can use to perform the breast lift, and the method can only be decided after assessing your particular needs and anatomy.
Deflated breasts can occur after pregnancy and breastfeeding, especially in women who had an important increase in the volume of the breasts during this time. When the breasts produce milk, they can look fuller, heavier, harder and even bigger. But when the milk production stops, the breasts tend to lose their fullness, especially on the upper pole. The breasts can feel soft, deflated and sagging. The sagginess can occur as a result of a relaxation of the ligaments that support the breasts.
Breast ptosis can affect all women, even if they haven’t given birth. However, it usually occurs earlier in life for patients who had multiple pregnancies.
The breast lift procedure, also called a mastopexy, can improve the aspect of the breasts. During the breast lift surgery, the plastic surgeon will remove the excess skin and fat tissue, as well as elevate the nipple and areola complex and the mammary gland to the right anatomical position.
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