How Soon After Breast Feeding Can I Have Breast Augmentation?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m breast feeding now. How long should I wait after I stop before I come in for a breast augmentation consultation? How soon can I have breast augmentation after breast feeding?

A:You should wait for breast augmentation surgery until your breasts have returned to their natural size after breastfeeding. By so doing you can gauge properly the implant size you need and the type of breast lift if necessary. But one can come in even while breastfeeding to get an initial evaluation and some general information about the combined breast lift and breast augmentation procedure. That will answer most of your questions and help you prepare for the surgery when your breasts are ready. Then you just have to stop in for a quick implant sizing appointment right before the anticipated surgery date. While there is no hurry to get the ball rolling so to speak, you certainly can if you desire.

It is also important to note that many women who have breast augmentation after breast feeding may note that they have some milk production after the surgery. This is due to the pressure of the implants on the milk glands that can cause additional discharge from the swelling of surgery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana