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How soon can I have a Breast Reduction & Lift after nursing a baby?

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I have wanted a reduction since I was a teen. It is documented in my medical record from 12 years old, with complaints of shoulder & back pain. I know I am a prime candidate for both a lift and reduction but have waited to have children first. Six months ago I had my 2nd child that I am still breastfeeding. If I wanted to have the surgery soon when should I stop nursing my baby?

 

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 Kendra, 

 Consider having your Breast Reduction Surgery approximately 3 months after you stop breast feeding. 

Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Ideally you should not have anymore nipple discharge when you have your procedure but most surgeons would be good at 3 months following cessation of breast feeding.

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Ideally you should not have anymore nipple discharge when you have your procedure but most surgeons would be good at 3 months following cessation of breast feeding.

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Breast Reduction Lift After Nursing- I usually recommend a minimum of 3-6 months after breast-feeding to do a breast reduction. Waiting 6 months would be better to be able to see the final result of the shape and contrast of the breast.   

 

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You certainly need for the breast to dry up from milk production completely.  As this happens the size of the breast will reduce in size.  Try to be patient with this process.

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After breast feeding there are a number of changes that take place in the breasts. Ideally breast surgery is performed in women who are not producing milk and whose breasts are no longer changing in size/shape. When breast feeding is completed there is a slow decrease in the size of the breast glands and a slower change in size and shape. Generally, one should wait at least 3 months before having anything done although waiting 6 months is better. At that time, most if not all post-pregnancy changes should be complete. By waiting until all the changes have finished, it is much easier to create a more predictable result from any sort of breast lift and/or reduction.

For the best results seek the consultation of a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have a website listing all the certified plastic surgeons. Members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will all be board certified in plastic surgery and have demonstrated an interest and competence in cosmetic plastic surgery as well.

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