Summary: Pregnancy can be such a magical time in many ways but as anyone who’s experienced new motherhood will tell you, the aftereffects may be something you hadn’t planned on. As much as you’re surely head over heels about your new bundle of joy, you wouldn’t be the only mom who isn’t thrilled by the resulting changes to her body. If you’ve found yourself wistfully reminiscing about your curves that once were, the solution could be within reach. Through working with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, you can get those curves back and enjoy new motherhood along with enjoying a physique you’re happy with.
Addressing Changes in Your Breasts
Pregnancy-related changes can happen on pretty much any part of your body, even where you least expect it. (Who knew pregnancy could make your feet bigger?) The most common areas affected by the hormonal changes and weight gain are the breasts, abdomen and hips, which is one reason why cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation are so popular after pregnancy.
One of the primary differences you may notice in your breasts during pregnancy is significant growth, so a top tip for staying comfortable as your chest size increases is making sure you choose the right bra.
For maximum comfort and support, your maternity bras should offer:
- Good support, without being too restricting
- A wide band underneath your breasts
- An expandable band to accommodate your growing baby bump
- No underwire
Alternatively, you could find that your post-pregnancy cup size isn’t what it once was. This is where the idea of breast augmentation post-pregnancy comes into play.
Breast Augmentation after Pregnancy
Although you may think that pregnancy and breastfeeding always lead to enlarged breasts, the truth is that it’s also common for breasts to lose volume during this time. Whether you’ve had large breasts to start with and find yourself feeling a little deflated after entering motherhood, or your naturally smaller breasts seem in need of some plumping, you may be considering breast augmentation after pregnancy as a way to achieve a fuller look.
Breast augmentation after pregnancy is an increasingly popular way to enhance your figure and help you feel more like your old self.
When performed after pregnancy, breast augmentation can help add restore lost volume while complementing the natural contours of your body. Working with a reputable cosmetic surgeon is essential to help ensure that your breast augmentation results meet your personal appearance goals.
What about a Mommy Makeover?
As the name suggests, a mommy makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures chosen by you and your cosmetic surgeon to address the areas you’re unhappiest with post-pregnancy. The potential procedures included in your mommy makeover will depend on both what you want to achieve and what your cosmetic surgeon offers. Otherwise, there’s no set formula you must follow. That said, women who want a little boost to their post-baby body tend to have some complaints in common, such as loose abdominal skin and excess fat that can’t be resolved with a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen.
If you’re thinking about breast augmentation after pregnancy and have some other appearance concerns in certain areas of your figure, you may wish to discuss a mommy makeover with your cosmetic surgeon. The most common mommy makeover procedures include:
- Breast enhancement
- Breast lift
- Tummy tuck
- Vaginal rejuvenation
Breast Augmentation Choices
You probably know this already, but revamping your figure isn’t quite as simple as contacting a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and saying you’d like bigger breasts. If you work with the right cosmetic surgeon, breast augmentation could be almost that easy, but you’ll still have several important decisions to make when identifying the best possible option for you:
- Breast implant type: One of the choices you’ll face when planning your breast augmentation after pregnancy relates to selecting between saline and silicone implants. Silicone breast implants generally offer a more natural look, but your cosmetic surgeon will provide their recommendation during your initial consultation
- Breast implant size: Bear in mind that you can’t accurately choose a specific cup size as your goal when planning your breast augmentation, as breast implants with the same volume can look quite different on different women. However, you should have a good idea of your ideal end result and be able to convey this to your surgeon. Bringing along some “dream photos” of women whose results look similar to the look you’d like to achieve yourself can be a helpful starting point for discussion with your cosmetic surgeon.
- Breast implant placement: Breast implants can be positioned over the chest muscle or under, and there are pros and cons to each option. Your cosmetic surgeon will make a recommendation about breast implant placement based on a variety of factors, including your implant type, activity level, natural anatomy and more.
During your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will also discuss factors such as incision types, breast implant profile and what you can expect during breast augmentation recovery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation after Pregnancy?
Generally, a good candidate for breast augmentation after pregnancy should be in good overall health and at or near her ideal weight. If you’re considering more children in the future, you may wish to consider holding off on breast augmentation until you’ve completed your family, as further pregnancies and breastfeeding could affect your long-term results.
If you’re thinking about breast augmentation, your first step should be a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. During this appointment, you can discuss what you hope to achieve and which procedures would be most suitable for your individual circumstances. Your cosmetic surgeon should also be able to answer any questions you may have about the procedures you’re considering.