How Long After Breastfeeding Should I Wait To Get a Breast Lift?

Time and factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and aging can cause breasts to sag and lose shape. A breast lift or mastopexy can restore a full, perky breast shape. Dr. Scott Brenman, a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of the Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, is an expert in breast lift procedures.

What is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure that lifts and reshapes sagging breasts. Dr. Brenman performs breast lifts to remove excess skin and reposition the nipple and areola. A breast lift can also be combined with other procedures, such as breast augmentation, to increase breast volume or a breast reduction to decrease breast size. A breast lift restores your breasts to a full, proportionate appearance that looks youthful and rejuvenated.  Breast Lift Plymouth Meeting

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How Does a Breast Lift Work?

During mastopexy, Dr. Brenman will make incisions to remove excess skin and reshape the breast tissue. He will reposition the areola higher on the breast to give a more youthful appearance. In some cases, the areola may also be reduced in size to match the new breast shape. The incisions for a breast lift can vary depending on the extent of sagging and the desired breast shape. Dr. Brenman will discuss the options during your consultation and recommend the best approach for your needs. Breast lift scars will fade considerably with good aftercare. 

How Long After Breastfeeding Should I Wait to Get a Breast Lift?

The timing of a breast lift can play a significant role in the quality of your results. Women who are currently or have recently stopped breastfeeding may find themselves displeased with the changes to their breasts and want a breast lift as soon as possible.  Dr. Brenman recommends that women wait about six months before planning mastopexy. The breast tissue needs this time to settle into its new size and position before surgery. You should also consider whether you plan to have more pregnancies. You may wish to wait for a breast lift until you have finished growing your family. 

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What is Recovery Like After a Breast Lift

You will experience some swelling and soreness after your breast lift. You will have a compression garment to wear while you heal, and you can gradually resume light activities during the first week. Many people with minimally active jobs can return in about a week. Strenuous activity should wait four to six weeks, depending on how quickly you heal.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

Good candidates for a breast lift want to correct sagging breasts. The best candidates are in good health and have reasonable expectations about their results. Dr. Brenman recommends a breast lift for women who have finished expanding their families and are ready to restore their younger-looking breasts.   
This visit was a pleasure! Dr. Brenman thoroughly explained my options and did seem rushed. He answered all my questions and made me comfortable with making my decision. Gina was friendly and helpful in facilitating scheduling etc. I feel confident in my choice.
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Want to learn more about a breast lift? Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Scott Brenman at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please call (267) 687-2180, and our staff will gladly offer you a convenient appointment in the near future.

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