How long do I have to wait for a Breast Augmentation & a rhinoplasty after giving birth?

Can it be done 3 months after baby?

Doctor Answers 6


Thank you for the question.

Normally, it's a waiting period of 6 months after child birth. This is just to give your body gain everything that it lost with pregnancy.

Dr. Campos

Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation timing

Dear Shanny,
   Rhinoplasty can be done few weeks after delivery, once you feel well and the wounds from C section or episiotomy healed with no signs of infection. You have to avoid breast feeding while on narcotics for pain control which can have a deleterious effect on the baby. As far as breasts augmentation, I recommend to wait 6 month from time of breast feeding stopage in order to avoid leaking of milk from the wounds. Always, consult with board certified plastic surgeons and check their before and after pictures to make sure that you like the results.
                           Best of luck,
                                                    Dr Widder

Shlomo Widder, MD
McLean Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Post parting surgery

Generally speaking, one should wait 6 months after nursing for any breast surgery.  
Lifting and caring got an infant may be difficult for a couple weeks after surgery. 

Duncan Miles, MD
Redlands Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

How long should I wait to have breast surgery after giving birth?

Thank you for your question.  This is a very common question that women have.  One thing that you have not mentioned is whether you are breast feeding.  It is important to wait a minimum of 3 months after you finish breast feeding and often I recommend waiting 6 months to allow the milk production to cease, allow the breast to return to it's pre-breast feeding volume (which may often be smaller) and allow the skin to retract and assume it's new shape.  You don't want to find out that you need a lift after your augmentation and you don't want to have the chance of having a milk collection around the implant, this can lead to infection.  Best to give the breast time to recover and you will end up with the best result possible.

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Wait until you are done breast-feeding and no longer producing milk before breast augmentation after pregnancy

There are significant changes that occur in your breast after pregnancy and after you have finished breast-feeding.  The breast gland will "involute" which means that the gland becomes smaller.  When the gland becomes smaller the breast may sag.

It is important that these changes have been completed before having breast augmentation.  The reason is that if you have breast augmentation too early and the breast continues to become smaller and sag, then the full benefit of your breast augmentation will not be apparent.

Of course it varies with each individual, however post partum breast changes can continue for 6 months or longer.  One method of making a decision is to consider your breast augmentation when you have stopped producing milk and stopped lactating.  This can occur any time between 3 months and 12 months.

There really are few limitations on when you can have your rhinoplasty.  Any time after 3 months should be okay.

Finish breastfeeding, then wait 3-6 months

Congratulations on your new baby! With it come many joys and also some changes of your body that you do not like. Most patients in the United States do not breastfeed. If you have chosen to breastfeed, then I recommend you finish breastfeeding and wait 3 to 6 months until your baby weight has gone away and your breast shape has achieved its natural outcome from stopping breastfeeding. Typically 3 months after you stop breastfeeding for patients who are already on a regular diet with their active life is enough time for you to achieve a natural appearance of your breast. At that point you can make good decisions about your breast implant choice.

Regarding your rhinoplasty, the timing of your rhinoplasty is pretty much your decision. Some of the estrogen that you have at the end of your pregnancy can make your tissues a bit more supple and appear more swollen. So, I typically ask patients to wait 2 to 3 months just to get their routine down with their new baby before undertaking a rhinoplasty after their delivery. The combination of rhinoplasty and breast surgery is a common undertaking and in your consultation I can discuss those details with you.

Paul Vanek, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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