After undergoing breast lift surgery, many women worry what having a child will do to their results. Will it render the surgery useless? Will it require another surgery to fix? Will the breasts still function normally and produce breast milk for the baby? These are all valid questions. Let’s take a look at them now.

How Pregnancy Can Affect Breast Lift Surgery Results

To ensure optimal, long-term results, it’s best to undergo your breast lift surgery after you’ve already had children. It is understandable, however, that some patients may become pregnant (either intentionally or accidentally) after their surgery is complete. In these cases, it’s possible the pregnancy will affect the results of the surgery, although this is not definitive.

Every woman’s body reacts differently to pregnancy. It is difficult to predict how one patient’s breasts will change over another’s. For this reason, there are no hard-and-fast changes you can expect. If you’re considering getting breast lift surgery, though, and you’ve never had children, here are a few things you may want to consider:

  • Pregnancy often causes stretch marks, deflated breasts, asymmetry and sagging—common reasons for getting a breast lift in the first place. It’s possible these problems will reoccur after having a baby even if you’ve already had surgery.
  • Depending on the extent of the surgery, it could impact your ability to breastfeed. Fortunately, formula and other feeding options do exist.
  • Keeping within a healthy weight range during pregnancy can also help minimize any effects on your surgery. Proper diet and regular exercise are key. Of course, always consult your obstetrician regarding what is safe during your pregnancy.
  • A second surgery may be required to get optimal results. You will want to talk to your cosmetic surgeon after giving birth to discuss possible options.

If you’re considering a breast lift surgery or if you’ve already had breast surgery and want to get pregnant, you may have many questions. Contact the Center for Cosmetic Surgery and schedule your consultation today. Dr. Harris will help you make the right decision for your body and your life.