Breast Droop After Childbirth: Prevention and Solutions
If you are pregnant or plan to conceive a child soon, then you likely know that pregnancy can change a woman’s body, including her breasts. After pregnancy or breastfeeding, some women’s breasts will appear more saggy or droopy. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent post-baby breast sagging and, if this sagging does occur, you can get your pre-pregnancy breasts back by obtaining the right cosmetic surgery procedures.
Read on to learn how to prevent post-baby breast droop and your body recontouring options if you currently experience this problem.
Preventing Post-Baby Breast Droop
While you can’t prevent all post-baby breast droop since every woman’s body and genetics differ, you can take some steps to decrease the severity of symptoms.
Stop Smoking Now
Of course, if you smoke cigarettes, you know you must quit once you become pregnant to keep your unborn child healthy. However, if you quit before conception, you can help reduce your chances of developing droopy breasts.
Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin, and many chemicals in cigarettes destroy the healthy collagen and elastin in skin that help it bounce back when stretched. Because of this, smoking can influence breast droop in women.
Maintain a Healthy Weight During Pregnancy
Weight gain during pregnancy is healthy, normal, and expected. However, the average woman only needs to gain about 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy to support healthy growth of their unborn child. Gaining more than this is unnecessary (unless recommended by your OB/GYN) and can lead to excess fat accumulating in breasts that stretches breast skin more than necessary.
When you eventually lose your excess baby weight, your body may burn off the excess fat deposits in your breasts, which can lead to your breasts looking deflated and saggy.
Wear a Supportive Bra
Be sure to choose a bra with great support during pregnancy. As your breasts become larger as you gain weight, you may find that they move more as you perform your everyday tasks. This breast movement can cause the skin of your breasts to stretch and, over time, not bounce back as well.
Wear a maternity bra that limits the movement of your breasts to help prevent post-baby breast sagging.
If you choose to breastfeed, then you can help avoid post-breastfeeding breast droop by breastfeeding frequently. Breastfeeding your baby frequently can prevent breast engorgement by eliminating milk stored in your breasts before they become fully engorged. Breast engorgement is one of the main causes of post-breastfeeding sag.
If your baby chooses not to feed very frequently, then you can use a breast pump on a gentle setting to express extra breast milk between feedings to prevent breast engorgement and the breast skin stretching it can cause.
Correcting Post-Baby Breasts
If you already gave birth or weaned your child and are experiencing breast sagging, then you have many surgical options to help restore the appearance of your breasts. Typically, breast recontouring procedures should not be performed until at least three months after giving birth (if not breastfeeding) or at least three months after breastfeeding is completed. This gives your body time to recover as much as possible naturally.
If your breasts are still drooping after this period of time, then a breast lift may be the perfect solution for you. During a breast lift procedure, also called a mastopexy, one or more incisions are made in each breast and excess breast skin is removed from strategic areas of the breast. Once this excess skin is removed, the natural perkiness of your breasts will be restored.
If you enjoyed the appearance of your fuller breasts during pregnancy or breastfeeding, then a breast implant can also be placed at this time to enhance your figure.
If you are pregnant or planning to conceive a child soon, then keep these tips for preventing post-baby breast droop in mind. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your post-baby breasts, reach out to the Dr. Christine Nygaard Renaissance Center for a breast recontouring consultation today.