When can I have breast augmentation after childbirth?
I am commonly asked when a woman can have breast augmentation after childbirth. The thoughts and concerns center around reducing potential complications and getting the result that you want.
First, an important restriction after breast augmentation is restrictions on the amount of weight that can be lifted. My requirements are no lifting over 8 pounds for 4 weeks. So, since a child weighs more than that, it is necessary to have someone living with you during that time for childcare. Lifting more than this can cause a postop bleed and require emergency surgery.
Next, in order to get the long-term result that you want, it is necessary to wait until your breasts have returned to their normal size. If augmentation is done before that point, then after the breasts have continued to decrease in size, you are likely to not be as large as you want.
Other changes have to be evaluated, such as development of sagging, that may require a breast lift at the time of breast augmentation.
Most importantly, all breast feeding and milk production must have stopped prior to the surgery. In other words, no milk must come out of the nipple when the breast is squeezed. If milk is still being produced, then during the surgery, as the breast tissue is dissected, milk, and the bacteria that colonizes it, will contact the implant and greatly increase the chance of capsular contracture, which is hardening of the scar tissue around the breast implant, and also increase the risk of infection with possible implant loss.
Proper timing of breast augmentation after childbirth can achieve the long-term look that you want. Call Dr. Wiener’s office to schedule a visit and see what breast augmentation can do for you!