Will I Be Able to Breastfeed After a Breast Lift?

Becoming a mother is a beautiful thing. Pregnancy and nursing, however, can have a detrimental effect on your body. Even months or years later, many women are left with breasts they’re unhappy with. Breast enhancement, such as a breast lift (mastopexy), is an ideal way to restore a more youthful appearance. If you’re concerned about your ability to breastfeed after surgery, you shouldn’t be.

Most women are able to breastfeed after breast lift or augmentation procedures. According to ASAPS experts, about 85% of women shouldn’t have trouble breastfeeding as a result of the procedure. That being said, no two patients are the same. Whether or not you will be able to can depend on a variety of factors that aren’t necessarily even related to your specific surgery. Let’s take a look.

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It May Not Be Self-Evident

There’s no real way to know if you’ll be able to breastfeed until the time comes, especially if it is your first child. Some women have a lack of sensitivity but can still produce milk. Other women may respond well to temperature changes and retain full sensitivity, yet cannot breastfeed after surgery. Even a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Lawton may not be able to determine your likelihood.

Breastfeeding can be challenging for many women regardless of past surgery. Instead of stressing about breastfeeding during your pregnancy, it is best to wait until the time comes. Once you’ve had your baby, you can try to breastfeed. Whether you can or can’t shouldn’t affect your ability to bond with your newborn.

Every Surgery is Unique

While we already know every woman is unique, you may not be aware of just how different each breast lift procedure is. Breast lifts are tailored to your specific concerns and goals. Some procedures might involve repositioning or resizing the nipple, while other procedures may not. A breast lift generally does not include the removal of much glandular tissue. The removal of this tissue has shown a negative impact on one’s ability to breastfeed.

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Chances are in your favor that you will be able to nurse your child. An augmentation (implants) generally doesn’t affect breastfeeding either. However, a breast reduction may. Women that have a significant amount of tissue removed after a breast reduction have a 50/50 chance that they won’t be able to breastfeed according to ASAPS members.

When Should I Get A Breast Lift?

Dr. Lawton often recommends holding off on having a breast lift (or any other breast enhancement procedure) until you’re done with the family-planning stage of your life. Although you’ll likely still be able to breastfeed, pregnancy and nursing can have a detrimental effect on the results of your lift. To prevent future surgeries down the line, you may want to wait until you’re no longer considering having children.

It’s rare for my age to get a breast lift, especially since I have NEVER breast fed nor had kids, but my nipples were facing downwards and I had a lot of breast tissue constricted toward the tip of my breasts.

I knew that if I wanted the fullness I desired, I would need a small implant to get that upper pole while maintaining a natural look.

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Would you like to learn more about Breast Lift procedures? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

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