The ability to breastfeed and breast lift

The ability to breastfeed and breast lift

25th Jan 2019

The Ability to Breastfeed and Breast Lift

With the natural aging process, the breasts lose firmness, elasticity, and sometimes volume. Because of this, many women start being unhappy with the appearance of their breasts after some time. The dissatisfaction can be associated with the shape, size and their position on the chest wall. This is the reason why many women start considering breast lift procedures to regain the beautiful appearance of their breasts.

A breast lift procedure performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon should not only lift the saggy breasts but also recontour the structures of the breasts in a harmonious manner. A good result would be natural, youthful looking breasts with minimal scars and perkiness.

One of the factors that can trigger breast sagginess is the multiple changes that breasts go through during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is the reason why a responsible plastic surgeon would advise you to postpone until you are done having children and there is no pregnancy planned for the future. However, undergoing a breast lift surgery doesn’t mean you can’t have more children later on in life. Patients who are considering getting pregnant again after the breast lift surgery need to understand the risks associated with this.

The effects of pregnancy can significantly affect the results achieved with the breast lift surgery. Despite undergoing plastic surgery, there is no guarantee that the breasts will look the same forever, especially if special conditions occur such as pregnancy. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts will go through major transformations again, and this can ruin the results achieved with the surgery. The patient should also know how breastfeeding can be affected by a breast lift surgery.

Like any other type of procedure performed on the breasts, the ability to breastfeed is dependent on the surgical plan. Different types of incisions can be recommended to correct breast sagginess. If the sagginess is minor, the plastic surgeon might recommend the periareolar incision. The inverted anchor incision is also commonly performed for the breast lift.

Patients interested in undergoing a breast lift should know that breastfeeding is still a possibility even after undergoing a breast lift. Most women can breastfeed without any issues after the procedure as the lactation network shouldn’t be affected. But it is important to keep in mind that breast sensitivity, especially nipple sensitivity, can be affected by surgery. While in many cases this side effect is just temporary, it can take up to a few months and even a year for the feeling to return to the nipples. Nipple sensitivity is essential for breastfeeding; this is the reason why the recommendation is to wait at least two years before getting pregnant again after a breast lift.


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