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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY

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Posted August 01, 2019 in Breast Surgery

Giving birth is truly one of the greatest human experiences. Bringing a child into this world transforms women from the inside, out. But those beautiful changes come with a price, especially for women’s bodies.

Many women will find the most drastic changes have occurred to their breasts. Sagging or drooping is one common issue, but women may also struggle with loss of volume or other negative changes that leave them feeling less attractive.

Cosmetic surgeries offered by Dr. Taranow, like breast augmentation and breast lift surgery, can help rejuvenate the bust after childbirth.

What Can Breast Surgery Do For Mothers?

Breast surgery can help new mothers, who are often struggling to adjust to the changes their bodies have gone through, feel comfortable with themselves again. It helps restore fullness to breasts that may feel as if they’ve “deflated” or stretched after the chaos of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

5 Benefits of Breast Surgery After Childbirth

  • Increased breast volume
  • Tightening of loose breast tissue
  • Restored breast contours
  • Increased breast firmness
  • Lifting of sagging, drooping breasts

Having breast surgery can give new mothers a much-needed confidence boost. Despite the joys of motherhood, there’s no denying that it’s tough on both mind and body. Breast surgery can be one of the ways women get back to looking and feeling like themselves.

Breast surgery can also be combined with other procedures that help restore body contours that have been affected by pregnancy. Dr. Taranow offers several procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to help mothers get their body back.

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*Actual Patient* Results May Vary

How Do Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Affect Breasts?

One of the first signs of pregnancy is sore, tender breasts—an early signal that these important areas are preparing for what’s coming next.

Breasts often increase in volume as pregnancy progresses due to general weight gain and the preparation needed to begin producing milk, stretching breast tissues.

Breastfeeding itself also causes breast volume to fluctuate as milk production is adapted to meet baby’s feeding needs. These constant fluctuations eventually stretch breast tissues to the limit, causing breasts to start to sag and droop.

Can Breast Surgery Affect Breastfeeding?

The relationship between breastfeeding and breast surgery is somewhat of a double-edged sword. While breast surgery can help correct cosmetic issues sometimes caused by childbirth or breastfeeding, it may also hinder the ability to breastfeed in the future.

Fortunately, most women with breast implants should not have a problem producing milk, but their overall supply may be lower than for others.

Most patients who have breastfed prior to their breast augmentation or breast lift are able to still do so after their procedure.

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*Actual Patient* Results May Vary

Ways to Reduce Breastfeeding Troubles After Surgery

Women who are thinking about breast surgery because of changes brought on after pregnancy and breastfeeding should carefully go over any concerns they have before surgery.

Dr. Taranow typically performs breast augmentation surgery using incisions along the armpit, a location that has little risk of affecting the delicate tubes that make up the milk duct pathways.  Even when using the periareolar approach (where the incision is at the bottom of the areola), he angles the dissection away from the nipple so that the milk ducts are preserved.

Breast implants placed under the chest muscle have the least chance of affecting future milk production. Milk ducts are more likely to be disturbed when implants are placed over the muscle, right underneath the breast tissue.

Thinking about breast surgery after having a child? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Taranow soon by calling us at 212-772-2100.