Are You Able to Breast Feed After an Internal Breast Lift?

What exactly is involved in an internal breast lift? What damage is done to the tissue and nerves?

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Breast Feeding After Breast Lift

Thank you for your question. I assume by internal breast lift you are referring to suspension breast lift.

The breast gland should not be damaged by any lift procedure unless a reduction is done at the same time. Breast Lift is essentially a skin operation and the gland and nipple areola are left intact.

However if any glandular tissue is resected then some interference with breast feeding may occur.

Are you able to breastfeed after an internal breast lift?

Hello! Thank you for your question! Breast procedures such as the breast lift and breast reduction certainly result in a more shapely, perky, and fuller appearance of your breasts along with raising of the nipple-areolar complex to an appropriate position. Since there is an incision made around the areola along with some rearrangement of tissue of the breast, there is a risk, albeit very small, of change in sensation to the area. However, in terms of breastfeeding, studies have shown that there is no increased risk of changing your ability to do so after breast procedures. Not every woman can breastfeed...thus if you can now, your ability to do so will not change after such procedures. Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Feeding after Breast Lift

   Breast feeding should not be compromised in most breast lifts.  However, some plastic surgeons manipulate the glandular tissue at the same time, and this may not be universal.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast feed after Ultimate Breast Lift

The breast technique I use is called The Ultimate Breast Lift.  The breast tissue is shaped into a cone and suspended from your underlying muscle. This preserves areola sensitivity and the ability to breast feed.  The other advantage of this technique is it avoids the ugly boat anchor shaped scars of the Wise pattern that was developed in 1956.

Best Wishes,

Gary Horndeski, M.D.

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Feeding After Having A Breast Lift

Generally yes you can breast feed after having an internal breast lift. The breast gland should not be damaged by any lift procedure. However, remember that some women are unable to breast feed at all regardless of having any surgical procedure. Also take into consideration that each person's response to surgery is slightly different.

Scott Loessin, MD
Key West Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift and breast feeding

Breast feeding may or may not be affected by breast lift surgery.  It really depends upon what technique is used and how much of the breast tissue is separated from the overlying tissue.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Feed After Breast Lift?

Pretty much all of the breast lift techniques are skin level procedures that tamper little with the glandular structure of the breast. The breast tissue maintains it anatomic relationship with the nipple and areola and with the chest wall. Typically, the expectation is that there is no interference with the ability to lactate.

Not all patients can successfully nurse, whether or not they have had breast surgery. 

The suspected pathway for inability to nurse after breast surgery is loss of nipple sensation, which interferes with the "let down reflex." Loss of sensation is quite uncommon after any plastic surgery on the breast , and is in the neighborhood of a few percent. 

Thank you for your question, best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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