Pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on a Munster woman’s breasts. Many postpartum women find that they have breasts that are deflated and sagging, and they just want to regain their pre-pregnancy body as soon as possible. But, how soon do you have to wait to get a breast augmentation after pregnancy? Read on as board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank of Munster’s Robert Frank Plastic Surgery explains.
Getting a Postpartum Breast Augmentation if You Are Breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience for Munster mothers. But as much as a nursing Munster mother may want to regain her pre-pregnancy body, breastfeeding mothers should not get a breast augmentation while they are still nursing. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank of Robert Frank Plastic Surgery typically recommends that nursing mothers wait 3 to 6 months after they have stopped lactating to get a breast augmentation. This will allow the breasts to “settle” after breastfeeding.
Once you have waited 3 to 6 months after finishing nursing, you are free to get a breast augmentation. And even better news, if you have additional children in the future, you will likely still be able to breastfeed. Breast augmentations are completely safe for nursing, and mothers who may consider having and nursing additional children typically pick an inframammary incision (under the breast crease) for their breast implants to avoid any potential interference with milk ducts.
Getting a Postpartum Breast Augmentation if You Aren’t Breastfeeding.
If you choose not to breastfeed or for some medical reason cannot do so, you can get a breast augmentation much sooner after pregnancy. Dr. Frank of Munster’s Robert Frank Plastic Surgery typically recommends that non-nursing mothers wait about 3 months postpartum to have a breast augmentation. This waiting period is two-fold. First, even if you are not nursing, your body will initially make colostrum and breastmilk, and you need time for your body to “settle” from this milk production. Second, Dr. Frank recommends you take the time to recover from pregnancy and childbirth before undergoing an elective plastic surgery procedure.
Wait Until You Are Close to Your Ideal Weight Before Getting a Postpartum Breast Augmentation.
Even if you have met the recommend waiting period for getting a breast augmentation, you may still want to delay getting implants if you are still actively losing weight. This is so that your breast augmentation procedure will help create a balanced, aesthetically pleasing figure that you will be happy with for years to come. For example, if you are still several pounds away from your goal weight, but are actively losing weight, you may find that you picked breast implants that are larger than you want, or don’t look natural on your goal weight body.
How Can I Get My Other Breast Augmentation Questions Answered?
If you have more questions about breast augmentation, whether those questions are related to pregnancy or not, we recommend that you call the Robert Frank Plastic Surgery offices at (219) 513-2015. Every Munster patient who comes in for a consultation meets with Dr. Frank personally, at which time they can have all their breast augmentation questions answered.