Published March 26, 2014

Breast Lift before Childbirth – What you should consider

A breast lift usually produces dramatic results in a woman’s appearance, making her breasts look perkier for a younger look. This is one of the reasons why an increasing number of women are seeking the procedure. However, an important consideration to make is the timing of the surgery, since certain factors, such as future pregnancies, could negate the results of the surgery. While most women only have the procedure once they are done having children, there are those that find it necessary even before they have children or between pregnancies.

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From a medical view, a breast lift can be performed regardless of your age as long as your breasts are fully developed. This means that is it possible to have a breast lift before childbirth without it affecting your ability to breastfeed. Bear in mind that pregnancy itself and breastfeeding will result in changes to your breasts. For instance, the breasts may grow bigger due to breastfeeding, and this may lead to sagging complications a lot earlier than you would normally expect.

Future surgery

A major concern for a woman getting a breast lift before childbirth is whether she will need another procedure performed after the pregnancy. This will depend on her body and how it responds to the procedure. Nonetheless, you will likely require additional surgery if you are already experiencing significant sagging before pregnancy. Surgeons generally suggest waiting until you are done having children before having the surgery.

Another scenario involves a woman who doesn’t know if or when she will get pregnant. In such a situation, most surgeons sign off on surgery as long as you are aware that may require touch-up surgery later on. The milk ducts usually remain intact following a breast lift procedure, allowing for normal breastfeeding. However, there is also a possibility that your ability to breastfeed may be altered if the surgical incisions are made around the areola, necessitating formula supplementation.

Minimizing risks

It is critical to work with an expert surgeon when getting your breast lift before childbirth to minimize any risk of complication. Although such complications are rare, you may experience bleeding, infection or scarring. Your surgeon will also instruct you on what you should in the weeks and days before surgery to lower your risk of complications. For instance, you may be advised to stop smoking in the weeks leading up to surgery, stay off medications and take antibiotics whenever necessary.

What you can do

There is no way to know for sure how your breasts will change after pregnancy, and unfortunately, there is little that can be done to avoid these changes. However, one way you can help is to maintain a stable weight under your gynecologist’s guidance. This may help to minimize and even eliminate the changes that occur due to weight fluctuations. In addition, engaging in exercises that focus on your pectoral muscles will also help keep your breasts firm. Such exercises include bench presses, the pectoral fly machine, push-ups and dips.

While getting a breast lift before childbirth is largely a personal choice, you need to be realistic about your expectations and understand that future surgery is likely.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.