Pregnancy and breast feeding can cause significant changes in a women’s breasts. These changes include loss of breast volume and the development of breast sag. For these reasons, it’s not unusual for women to request breast augmentation and in some cases breast lift surgery following pregnancy.
Occasionally these patients are still breast feeding. Patients who are actively breast feeding shouldn’t have breast augmentation surgery. We recommend that they wait at least 3 to 6 months after they stop lactating before proceeding with breast augmentation surgery. This delay allows the breasts to return to their normal baseline and helps with aesthetic judgments. In other words, the surgeon isn’t trying to hit a moving target. In addition, the potential for complications such as infection are probably less in patients who aren’t lactating.
If you’re considering breast augmentation it’s important to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. This surgeon should be able to help formulate a treatment plan that addresses your concerns.