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Can You Nurse After Breast Lift Surgery?

Mastopexy, more commonly known as breast lift surgery, has made it possible for countless women to rejuvenate aging breast contours and restore the youthful properties of the bust. A breast lift can address loose skin and tissue causing sag while reshaping stretched areolas, if necessary. A question frequently asked by Reno patients considering a breast lift involves whether or not the procedure will interfere with breastfeeding in the future. In general, there are a few factors to consider with regard to breastfeeding and mastopexy, such as: 

  • When you plan to breastfeed
  • The quality of your final breast lift results
  • Your ability to breastfeed in general

Your ability to nurse shouldn’t be affected by mastopexy, but it’s important to consider that many women cannot breastfeed in the first place. Regardless of whether or not you received breast surgery, some patients simply cannot produce breast milk. If you plan to breastfeed after your breast lift, we strongly encourage you to communicate your wishes with Dr. McCormack so she can discuss an optimal approach to achieve your desired results. 

Although breast lift surgery can certainly be performed while preserving the ability to nurse, board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon Tiffany McCormack, MD advises postponing the procedure until after there are no future plans for pregnancy or nursing. Cosmetically, pregnancy and breastfeeding after surgery can re-stretch the skin and tissue of the breasts. This may reduce the integrity of your final results and exacerbate the concerns you originally sought to improve with your breast lift procedure. 

Dr. Tiffany McCormack is familiar with the various changes patients can expect after breast lift surgery and develops the most ideal treatment plan for each person’s aesthetic goals. Contact McCormack Plastic Surgery today to learn more about our breast surgery options or to book a consultation.

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