We all want to look our best, and sometimes that best is a moment in time before we had children. From the early stages of a pregnancy to the lactating state, and then the post-pregnancy state, the breasts go through dramatic physiological and visual changes.
This causes the breasts to become larger and more full during pregnancy. After pregnancy and lactation, the breasts decrease in size, but the breast skin rarely shrinks, leaving excess skin around the breasts. This can cause the appearance of sagging or drooping breasts.
So it’s understandable that you may be considering a breast lift or a combination breast lift and breast augmentation to either increase or decrease the size.
Does a Breast Lift Affect Breastfeeding?
While any surgery on your breasts can affect breastfeeding, here are the facts to consider before having any breast augmentation or breast lift. Also note you should consult a qualified plastic surgeon prior to having any cosmetic surgery, to determine if you are an ideal candidate.
Timing Is Everything
If you are lactating or considering having more children, you may have to wait before having any breast augmentation or lifts.
A breast lift or augmentation should be delayed for several months after you finish lactating. This delay reduces the risks of infections and cysts after the surgery.
If you are planning to have more children, then you may choose to hold off on breast lift or augmentation surgery until you are finished having children. This is because additional pregnancies may change the shape of your breasts after any surgery, requiring you to have “touch-up” surgeries at an additional cost to you in terms of both money and recovery time.
Unplanned Pregnancies or Changes in Weight
If you do have another baby after a breast lift or augmentation, or happen to gain weight, another breast lift or augmentation may be required. This is because another pregnancy or increase in your body’s weight may cause your breasts to increase in size. After the additional pregnancy or if you lose the additional weight, your breasts may droop again, requiring additional cosmetic surgeries.
It’s important to note that no breast surgery will protect you from changes to your body. As your body changes due to pregnancy or weight gain, these changes will naturally affect your breasts – changing them despite any previous surgeries.
The Best Advice – Talk to Your Doctor
You should always consult a qualified plastic surgeon to ensure you are a likely candidate for any cosmetic work, and to help you reclaim the body you once had before becoming pregnant.
Do You Have More Questions About Breast Lift?
At Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery, we know that you may have many questions about the procedure. That’s why Dr. Dickie will sit with you during your consultation and answer all your questions.