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How long should you wait to have a breast reduction after having a baby?

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I want to have a breast reduction.  How long should one wait after giving birth to proceed with the breast reduction procedure?

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Breast Reduction after having a baby

There is no one right answer. You need to wait until your breasts return to a stable size. The minimum is probably 3 months, but can vary from one person to another.  This is, of course, assuming that you do not breast feed.  If you do, the time applies to the time after you stop lactating. 

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When you stop breast feeding and the breast is not producing any more milk, wait 3 months and then you can have the surgery.

Surgery should be about 9 months to one year after delivery.

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Congratulations on your baby!  Some women's breasts decrease in size, some go back to pre-pregnancy size, and others stay large, so timing is individual.  Once your weight has stabilized after delivery, you should seek an in office consultation and examination.  The good news -many techniques will provide breast and nipple lifting, along with volume reduction, to provide early symptom relief.  There will be activity restrictions after surgery, so having baby care arrangements will factor into your timing for surgery.

Vaishali B. Doolabh, M.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Jacksonville, FL

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You should wait until 2-3 months after you have stopped breast feeding.  If you are not going to breast feed, then 2-3 months after delivery when the enlargement from the pregnancy is gone.

Brian D. Brantner, M.D., FACS - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Prescott, AZ

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You should wait until your breasts return to normal size and are no longer leaking milk.  If you elect to breast feed, you should wait at least 3 months after breast feeding and until milk is no longer leaking.

David Berman, MD

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The main issue is when the breasts will return to "normal" after a pregnancy, so that any procedure will get the results you want and will be lasting.  I would recommend waiting about 6 months after stopping breast-feeding and when you have gotten back to about your pre-pregnancy weight. 

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Hi Kristy, Thank you for your question. If you are breastfeeding, it is best to wait at least 6 months after you stop to undergo a breast reduction.  6-12 months is a good time frame to allow your body to adjust to weight changes, water retention and hormonal changes.  Also, are you considering having other children?  If so, keep in mind the breasts will go through stretching and other changes again, so it may be best to wait until you feel you are done with pregnancies to avoid the need for additional breast procedures.

To clarify, I am a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic breast augmentation, including all newer aspects of the short scar procedures. I'm also a proud member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).  I am board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  I am also an active member of the American College of Surgeons. I believe that each patient needs to be treated as an individual and we focus on listening. Obviously, I would need to examine you and help you to decide which surgical or non-surgical options are available in your particular case. You may go to www.prplastic.com for a wealth of additional information as well as a lot of before and after pictures.

Thanks for your question. Have a great day! Best regards,

Dr. Speron 

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The time to consider breast surgery after pregnancy varies depending on when your breasts reach a stable size and shape.  Generally its about 4 to 6 months minimum after giving birth or after you stop breast feeding if this applies to you. 

Additionally,  you should be at a stable weight before mommy makeover surgery is performed.

See a board certified plastic surgeon for a consultation and advice on post partum surgeries.  See MommyMakeoverSite.com  for more information,

Fredrick A. Valauri, M.D. F.A.C.S.M.D., F.A.C.S. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
New York, NY

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