When Can I Get Breast Implants After Breast Feeding?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 32 year-old mother of three children and I just finished breast feeding my last child. As you might imagine, this has taken a toll on my breasts and I would like to get back to feeling like a sexy women again as opposed to a women whose chest looks like she has had the life sucked out of it. How soon after breast feeding can I get a boob job? Thank you for your advice.

A: This is one of the top five questions that I get in regards to breast augmentation. When one is done having children, the change in one’s breast appearance can be dramatic and very discouraging. This often prompts the consideration for getting breast implants and can make a dramatic in their appearance and one’s self-image.  The minimal time to consider breast augmentation is based on two issues; are you done actively lactating (some women may still be to create milk long after they are finished with active breast feeding) and have your breasts shrunken down to a stable size. When you put these two factors together, the answer will change for each individual woman. For some it may be as soon as 6 to 8 weeks after breast feeding, for others it may be 3 to 6 months until it is a good time for getting their breast implants placed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana