Breast Lift

Can I Breastfeed After Having Breast Lift Surgery?

Courtney Martin
November 18, 2023

After breastfeeding, Dr. MacArthur advises patients to wait at least 6 months before undergoing breast lift surgery. This waiting period is essential for the body to adjust and for the breast tissue to settle into its new shape following lactation​​​​.

What Are The Main Benefits of a Breast Lift After Breastfeeding?

  1. Restores Breast Shape: Breastfeeding, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations can lead to stretched skin and areolas. Over time, gravity causes the breasts to stretch and sag. A breast lift can reduce sagging, raise the position of the nipples, and reshape the breasts for a more lifted and youthful appearance​​​​.
  2. Improves Comfort: The benefits of a breast lift go beyond aesthetics. Patients may experience decreased back pain, less sweating under the breast, reduced rashes, bra grooving, and shoulder pain. These physical improvements improve comfort and quality of life​​.
  3. Custom Tailored Approach: A breast lift can also address the size and shape of the areola (the dark skin around the nipple). In cases where the areolas have become stretched, a breast lift can reduce their size to maintain proportion and symmetry with the newly shaped breasts​​.

The exact timeline for when a woman can undergo a breast lift after breastfeeding may vary, as each individual’s body reacts differently to pregnancy and lactation. Consulting with Dr. MacArthur is essential to determine the appropriate timing and type of breast lift based on your unique needs.

What Happens If I Get Pregnant After My Breast Lift?

  1. Breast Changes During Pregnancy: Pregnancy often causes the breasts to enlarge due to hormonal changes and preparation for breastfeeding. Change in breast size may alter your previous breast lift results, potentially leading to stretched skin and changes in breast shape.
  2. Impact on Breast Lift Results: Sagging or a change in the position of your breasts after pregnancy will likely affect the initial results of your breast lift surgery.
  3. Breastfeeding Considerations: A breast lift surgery may impact a woman’s ability to breastfeed, though this varies. Some breast lift procedures involve repositioning the nipple and areola, which can affect milk ducts. However, many women are still able to breastfeed after a breast lift. Your breastfeeding options will be discussed in detail with Dr. MacArthur during your initial consultation.
  4. Breast Appearance After Breastfeeding: The breasts typically undergo further changes after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some women may find that their breasts return to a size and shape similar to that achieved after the breast lift, while others may experience more significant changes.
  5. Revision Surgery: Depending on the changes experienced during and after your pregnancy, you may choose to have revision surgery to restore the appearance of your breasts. This decision depends on your personal preferences and the degree of change experienced during and after pregnancy.

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