It’s normal for the breasts to change shape and lose some of their size and elasticity after pregnancy, particularly following breast feeding. One potential solution is breast augmentation. As the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world it’s a proven procedure with a high satisfaction rate.
Clearly it’s not just targeted at post partum women and is a procedure for anyone who is unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts but it is an effective restorative procedure for women who have gone through weight loss or pregnancy.
Breast augmentation isn’t always suitable for everyone though. If the underlying problem is sagging muscles or skin you might be advised that augmentation could actually end up creating a less pleasing affect that just doing nothing. The surgeon will discuss this with you if it’s an issue.
The procedure – how will my breasts change?
An incision is made underneath the breast, an area called the inframammary fold and an implant pocket is created below or above the chest muscle, then the implant is inserted into this space. There are different types, sizes and shapes of implants, and the one used is dependent upon the needs of the patient, which will have been discussed in advance with the surgeon.
There is generally a choice of two implant materials; either silicone or saline, both of which are developed to be safe with a thick, specially coated shell. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and patients should expect an overnight stay in hospital.
After your augmentation procedure, your breasts will be fuller and more pert – back to their pre-pregnancy shape, or even better if that’s what you choose.
Of course, every person is different and their body will react differently to treatment, although there are a number of predictable recovery stages. These generally last for about three months. Immediately after the procedure, there is likely to be some pain, swelling and bruising. The pain should disappear quickly, but the swelling may take a couple of weeks to fully go down.
One week off work would be advisable, as well as six weeks off from sport – especially anything high impact. After about three months 90% of the recovery process should be done.
What if I want another baby?
On a final note it’s worth mentioning that if you’re planning future pregnancies then breast augmentation won’t be a problem. Implants won’t get in the way of breast feeding and the additional support that they give your breasts will help prevent some of the more drastic changes that can occur.