Q: Dr. Eppley, I am just finishing nursing our fourth baby and am looking into getting breast augmentation done. How long do I need to wait after finishing nursing? Also, we are military stationed overseas so would be flying in. How soon is the follow-up appointment? About how many nights should we plan to stay in a nearby hotel? Thank you!
A: The first question after having nursed four babies is whether you just need implants alone? Do you have any sagging and is the nipple above the lower breast crease/fold. if sagging is present, as defined by the nipple being at or below the lower breast fold, then a lift will be needed with the implants. As a general rule it is good to wait three moths after nursing to have the breasts shrink back down to reveal the amount of true sagging, if any, and to have a good appreciation of the desired implant size needed for the desired breast size result.
Since the real time to judge the results of breast augmentation is that of months and no sutures are placed that would need to be removed. One could leave for home fairly quickly after the breast augmentation procedure when one feels comfortable traveling.
Dr. Barry Eppley