I stopped breastfeeding my daughter at 14 months of age and was wondering how long after cessation of breastfeeding can I get a breast augmentation (nipple incision). I was almost dried up when I stopped and just had literally 2 small drops leaking out a few days later. I am pretty sure that now, at 1 month after, that I am not producing milk but I know that breast milk is not sterile and I want to lower the risk of complications. What is the recommended wait time - it seems to vary a lot. Thx
Waiting Time for Breast Augmentation After Breast Feeding
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Breast Augmentation Should Wait At Least Three Months After Breast Feeding
Considering going through the nipple approach for breast augmentation makes it really important that your milk is dry. This should be confirmed by a squeeze test in which no milk comes out even if the entire breast and the nipple is compressed. That is important because that is exactly what will happen to the breasts during surgery, the glands will become compressed and if any milk is present it will come out. This is less important with other incision locations where the nipple can be covered by an occlusive dressing during the procedure. This is usually 3 months for most women but may take 6 months or longer for others. Lessening the risk for contamination and infection takes precedence over any desire for more urgent breast augmentation surgery.
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Breast Augmentation after Breast Feeding. When is it safe ?
Hello and thank you for the question.
Regarding your inquiry, you are dealing with two issues that need to be addressed. The first is that your breast must reach a "steady state" following its involution that will occur with the cessation of breast feeding. This is important because you want your breast size to be stable before undergoing a breast augmentation in order to maximize the chance of best aesthetic results. The amount of time will vary from woman to woman. In general and from our experience, this can take anywhere from 6 months to up to a year.
Second, you want to be assured that there is no residual lactation occurring in your breasts. This becomes relevant, and especially if you're planning on undergoing a peri-areolar breast augmentation, as active ducts may house bacteria, which could later contribute to an increased chance of developing a capsular contracture (hardening of the scar around your breast implant).
I suggest following up with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss these issues in depth. There should be no "rush" to get the procedure done. Doing so may put you at unnecessary risk and you may end up unsatisfied with the result.
Best of luck,
Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Wait 3 months after breastfeeding
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Maniplulation of the breast at surgery can cause the breast to produce milk so you want the breast to be in a dormant state. If you are using a nipple incision this is criitical becasue of the breast tissue that gets divided. Three months is generally a safe time period to consider breast implants after nursing.
Wait time for breast augmentation after breast feeding
Great question. A few things to address here. First, you want to consider a breast augmentation about 2-3 months or more after you've stopped breast feeding. You want to wait until the breast has fully involuted. The breasts do decrease in size after you stop breast feeding. You don't want to proceed with a breast augmentation while this process is continuing. Also, you may experience some sagging in addition to volume loss after pregnancy. All these issues can be corrected with your cosmetic breast surgery.
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Breast Augmentation after breast feeding recommendation
It is best to wait until your breasts have returned to normal after you have stopped breast feeding prior to undergoing a breast augmentation. I would wait a minimum of 6 months - a year even better
Breast augmentation after nursing.
It is reasonable to say 6 months after you are done breast feeding it is OK to have a breast augmentation.
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Breast Augmentation After Breast feeding
There are two issues here:
1) The breasts need to stop producing milk prior to any breast implant surgery, especially when using a periareolar incision. There is no set time to wait but I would recommend waiting at least 3 months with no milk production.
2) With pregnancy and breast feeding the breasts increase in size. Once you stop breast feeding, the breasts will slowly decrease in size. At one month after stopping breast feeds, your breasts may not be down to their baseline size which would make it more difficult to pick the appropriate implant size.
Hope that helps and good luck!
Dr. Babak Dadvand
Augmentation following breast feeding
It depends on how quickly your breasts involute (shrink) following the end of breast feeding. Almost all women experience a shrinking after stopping breast feeding and in most women this is completed in 6 months. Wait at least 2 months after your breasts have stabilized
Wait six months after breast feeding for augmentation
We like individuals to wait for six months after they stop breast feeding before implants. If you like your breast size during you can see a plastic surgeon ahead or prepare photos so you can get a fix on the cup size desired. Any stimulation of the breast, including surgery can induce a prolactin release so it is best to let things quiet down for certain before proceeding.
Best of luck,
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