Mr Nigel Horlock

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Why a breast lift is so popular with post-breastfeeding mothers

We all know that breast is best for baby, but breastfeeding can have long-term implications on how the breasts look. Mothers who have finished breastfeeding often report excess sagging. For this reason, many resort to going under the knife to regain their natural shape.

Here, we’ll look at why a breast lift is so popular with post-breastfeeding mothers and what the procedure involves.

How can a breast lift help post-breastfeeding mothers?

After breastfeeding, it is understandable mothers want to get back to how they looked and felt before having children. The breasts can change dramatically during breastfeeding. Not only are they typically left sagging a lot more than they did, but they can also appear flat. If the more breastfed with one breast more than the other, there can also be issues with asymmetry.

It would be impossible to regain the shape and perkiness of the breasts through diet and exercise. The only way to retain how the breasts looked previously, would be to undergo a breast lift. It’s an ideal option for mothers who want perkier breasts without getting implants.

After a breast lift, the breasts will appear much more lifted and volumised. It’s also a fairly straightforward procedure which enhances its popularity.

Many combine the breast lift with fat grafting

In order to achieve best results, a lot of mothers choose to undergo fat grafting as part of the breast lift procedure. With fat grafting, liposuction is carried out on the thighs, flanks, abdomen or the bra line. Small portions of fat are removed before being processed and put back into the breast. It’s used to provide more volume to the breasts, perfect for those who have experienced significant flatness after breastfeeding.

As an additional benefit, the liposuction can leave the donor area looking a lot better too. The breast lift can be carried out alone, or with fat grafting for more noticeable results.

What does a breast lift involve?

The breast lift procedure, also known as mastopexy, removes excess skin while reshaping the tissue. When carried alone, it won’t add any volume to the breasts, it’s simply performed to give them a more ‘lifted’ appearance.

It’s typically carried out under general anaesthetic and the techniques used can vary between surgeons. It takes approximately two to three hours to complete and you’ll usually be able to return home the same day.

Small incisions are made either along the crease of the breast, around or down from the areolae. Where the incision is placed will depend upon how much the breasts need to be lifted. The areola and nipple are kept attached to the breast tissue, so there’s a lesser risk of developing long-term sensitivity issues.

For mothers have finished breastfeeding, a breast lift can be a great way to get their breasts back in shape. It can also really help to boost confidence and make patients feel more like a woman again. A breast lift won’t impact your ability to breastfeed in future, although you may need to have it re-done afterwards.


Mr Horlock's NHS practice is based in the regional plastics unit at Salisbury District Hospital. He covers Salisbury, Southampton and Dorchester. He sees patients in his private practice at Southampton, Salisbury, Dorchester.

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