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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted March 23, 2020 in Breast Lift

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Woman lifts shirt to show she wants perkier breasts.There is truly nothing like the wonder of pregnancy and childbirth. The time you carry your baby—and what your body does to accommodate—is a marvelous occurrence. 

Your body goes through so many changes when your baby comes into the world—visible in the proud stretch marks or c-section scars or less proud few pounds or the fine lines that won’t go away. 

Our breasts, which swell with growing milk ducts, rise and fall as our babies grow. The changes brought on by pregnancy and childbirth may lead to breasts that look prematurely aged, as breasts sag or start to droop.

Women who struggle with these issues may want to improve their breasts but hesitate at the thought of getting implants.

A breast lift is a great alternative for mothers looking to revitalize and improve their appearance, especially after having children. Here’s what mothers need to know about getting a breast lift after having their children.

Why Choose a Breast Lift?

The skin and tissues that make up our breasts gradually lose their elasticity. This leads to drooping and breasts that sit lower on the chest than usual. 

Having children might speed up the process, especially during breastfeeding. Breast tissue expands during pregnancy due to hormones, weight gain, and milk production, usually going back to normal afterward. 

These fluctuations mean breast tissue stretches even more than usual, leaving a sagging appearance most women would prefer not to have. 

With a breast lift, women can: 

  • Remove extra skin and tissue that causes drooping
  • Tighten sagging breasts
  • Lift breasts to sit higher on chest
  • Re-shape areola or nipple area
  • Improve breast firmness and feel
  • Improve bustline appearance 

How is a Breast Lift Done?

A breast lift procedure is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using IV sedation  anesthesia. It can take anywhere from one to two hours to complete. 

Step 1: Incisions are made along the areola, lower pole of the breast, and breast crease, depending on need. Periareolar, lollipop, or anchor incisions are available.

Step 2: Extra tissue and skin are removed through incisions to lift and tighten the entire area.

Step 3: Incisions are closed with sutures. 

Patients may need to use compression bandages or a special compression garment in the first few weeks after surgery to reduce pain and swelling.

What Can I Expect After a Breast Lift?

Recovery from breast lift surgery typically takes several days to return to work. Physical activity will be significantly limited in the first few weeks, so busy moms should take the time they need to get themselves ready.

This may mean enlisting someone to help with housework or with childcare as patients recover. The first two weeks after surgery can be especially difficult, as swelling slowly starts to decrease and sutures heal.

Once patients are fully healed, they should expect a bustline that looks visibly perkier, sits higher, and appears youthful and revitalized. 

A breast lift will not actually increase breast size, but breasts may appear bigger because they sit higher on the chest and are no longer elongated and droopy, creating the appearance of more volume.

Want to Learn More?

Mothers in the NYC area who are interested in learning more should schedule a consultation with Dr. Taranow by calling his office at 212-772-2100.