Deflated and empty breasts? Check out these before and after photos and videos of Breast Augmentation and lift surgery.
As any mother knows, there is nothing more rewarding in life than having a child. There is also nothing more challenging. As a mom, your job is exhausting and can feel never-ending. Motherhood might not only wear you down mentally, but also take a big toll on you physically! Even after losing all of your pregnancy weight, your body doesn’t return to the form it was in before.
One of the areas most intensely affected by pregnancy and motherhood is the breasts. Many women find that their breasts are saggy, deflated, or stretched after having a child. If this sounds familiar, check out our before and after photos of what is possible.
The effect of motherhood on your breasts
As any woman who has been pregnant knows, breast growth is prominent, especially in the first trimester. This is due in large part to increasing levels of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones which trigger growth of milk glands and ducts. The resulting effect is an increase in volume and size as well as the darkening of the areola.
After pregnancy, most women struggle with sagging or deflated breasts. There are a number of factors that play into this:
- Skin – As breasts become fuller during pregnancy and the nursing period, skin must stretch in order to accommodate the greater volume. This can be problematic once breasts return to their normal size. The volume has decreased but the skin continues to be stretched. For most women, the skin of the breasts is never able to tighten fully to recreate the tautness and perkiness that they had prior to pregnancy.
- Ligaments – Specifically, “Cooper’s ligaments,” the connective tissue that attach the collarbone and muscles of the chest to the skin of the breasts. Like the rest of our tissues, these ligaments lose elasticity as we age, causing the breasts to sag and lose some of their perkiness. This effect is typically even more severe in women with larger breasts that pull downwards.
- Age – We all know that older bodies lose some of their tautness, but this is especially prominent in the breast region. This is due to the fact that women’s estrogen production decreases over time. Estrogen helps maintain skin’s elasticity, so when less is produced, skin begins to stretch more. For the breasts, this can mean sagging, stretch marks, and the areola shifting to a lower point on the breast.
- Healthy living – Skin will also stretch more among those who have not been kind to their skin over the years. Factors such as smoking, sunbathing and habitual dehydration can all make the skin lose some of its elasticity. Though these behaviors’ effects are not usually immediate, over time they all have a profound negative impact on the health of your skin.
But even for those of us who are young, skin-health savvy, and fit, pregnancy typically causes a change in the breasts. It’s nearly impossible to avoid.
Interestingly, despite conventional wisdom, breastfeeding actually does not cause an increase in sagging of the breasts. Actually, according to researchers in the United States, it might actually have the opposite effect. This suggests that whether or not a mother decides to breastfeed, a pregnancy will cause breasts to lose their original shape and volume.
Breast augmentation and lift surgery
Increasingly, women are finding breast enhancement surgery to be a surprisingly easy and painless fix after pregnancy. This surgery can take the form of either augmentation or lifts. While augmentations focus on enlarging the breast, lifts can help restore perkiness and shape. The two procedures are often performed in conjunction.