Breastfeeding is a very special experience, forging a unique bond between mother and child. In addition, it is the healthiest way to feed your baby, because milk contains many health benefits that contribute to its growth and development, as pointed out by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF ).
This form of feeding is recommended until six months; From that moment, both agencies advise supplementing breast milk with the rest of the foods that are gradually being incorporated into their diet. For this reason, because breast milk is the healthiest and most economical way to feed our child, and because while doing so we enjoy a unique moment, most women opt for natural breastfeeding.
Changes experienced by a woman’s breast with breastfeeding
The woman’s chest changes a lot throughout her life. But the big changes, which will leave a mark on your body, are those that occur during pregnancy and lactation. The breasts increase considerably with pregnancy, since, biologically, they are prepared to develop their function: to feed the child that is developing inside.The skin of this area is stretched and, many times, it breaks, which causes the appearance of terrible stretch marks . With breastfeeding the nipple also suffers : it cracks, changes in shape and size …
But the fire test happens when breastfeeding ends. The skin, which has been stretched to adapt to the growth of the breast, remains flaccid. The chest, due to growth and weight, loses firmness and can be lifted . That is why many women accuse a breast fall after breastfeeding.
In most cases, the woman’s breast tends to regain its shape and size, but other times it is not so: the breasts decrease. Sometimes, in addition, they remain as empty and very fallen.
Logically, each body is a world, evolves and adapts to changes differently. Thus, there are women who recover very well and to whom pregnancy and lactation have barely left marks on their skin or on their body; But this is not always the case, since the extra kilos that gestation can leave joins the appearance of the breasts after breastfeeding the baby.
Surgeries to get beautiful breasts after breastfeeding
Despite the incredible experience of being a mother and being able to breastfeed your child, the changes suffered by the woman’s body, especially the breast, can cause a dent in her self-esteem. Many women are not comfortable with their figure when they look in the mirror, feel shame about the shape or size of their breasts, and insecurity.
Cosmetic surgery can help recover the figure and look again with turgid and attractive breasts . Therefore, many of the consultations received by surgeons specialized in breast surgery have to do with the recovery of the breast after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Depending on the problem that the woman presents, the doctor may advise one or another intervention. The most common are the following:
Chest lift or mastopexy. It is an operation that seeks to lift the chest down and off the chest after breast augmentation during pregnancy. To do this, the doctor will make an incision in the breast groove and remove excess skin while raising the breast. If the areola has also suffered and shows excessively large dimensions, the surgeon may reduce it to adapt it to the new breast shape.
In those cases in which, in addition to presenting the sagging breast, it is flaccid and empty, the specialist will recommend the placement of a prosthesis to shape the breast and that it is firm. In this case, after the removal of the excess skin, the surgeon will insert a prosthesis, round or anatomical, according to the characteristics of the patient, to provide turgidity to this very feminine part of the body.
Mastopexy is a surgery that requires general anesthesia and a period of 15 to 30 days for its complete recovery.
Breast augmentation When the problem is not so much the fall of the chest but the size, the professional will recommend performing a breast augmentation. This can be done using prostheses (anatomical or round) or autologous fat (that is, from the woman herself). This operation aims to increase the size of the breast when it is not satisfactory and end the sagging that is evident after breastfeeding.
Like the previous intervention, mastopexy, it is usually performed under general anesthesia and requires the same recovery time. In both cases, the woman should wear an anatomical or compressive bra for as long as the surgeon deems appropriate.
Breast Asymmetry In those women who presented breast asymmetry before pregnancy, although it was very mild, the asymmetry will tend to accentuate after breastfeeding, since the size of the breasts and the effect of breastfeeding have a negative impact on this problem. Surgeons also report cases of asymmetry produced as a result of breastfeeding itself, because the baby has taken more milk from one breast than from another, causing a significant difference in size and shape. It is usual that this disparity tends to resolve itself once breastfeeding is over, but it is not always the case.
Thus, whether the asymmetry is earlier, and has been accentuated with breastfeeding, as if it has occurred because of it, it may be necessary to undergo the woman to surgery to correct such asymmetry. The doctor may choose to place a prosthesis on that smaller breast or perform a lipotransfer with fat from the patient.