Breast augmentation has consistently been one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States for the last few decades and was the top cosmetic procedure in 2019 with nearly 300,000 being performed. Of those, the vast majority were carried out using silicone implants to increase the volume and overall size of the breasts. Breast implants can be successfully used in augmentation surgery for the vast majority of women at virtually any age and stage in life. However, many women who have not yet had children or are planning on expanding their family have concerns about getting breast implants, the effect that they could have on their pregnancy, and vice versa.
To help you to make an informed decision, here’s what you need to know about breast implants and pregnancy.
Breastfeeding With Breast Implants
One of the most common concerns of women who are considering breast implants is whether or not they will be able to breastfeed after. The good news is that most patients can go on to breastfeed successfully following implant surgery. However, it’s essential that you explain your plans to expand your family to your breast augmentation surgeon. They will be able to ensure that they use the best techniques to preserve your ability to breastfeed in the future.
The Effects of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding on Breast Implants
Unsurprisingly, women experience many changes to their bodies during pregnancy and some of these extend into the months or years after giving birth should they choose to breastfeed. While pregnancy won’t alter silicone or saline implants, the skin and soft tissue of the breasts can change as a result of fluctuating hormones and weight gain or loss. Breastfeeding also causes the breasts to become larger as the milk ducts become engorged between feeds. This can stretch the skin beyond its normal limits, and it won’t necessarily spring back to how it was before.
If the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding affect your breasts in a way that you find concerning, there are cosmetic surgeries that can help. A breast lift can be used to reposition the breasts so that they sit higher on the chest, reducing sagging and drooping. Alternatively, you may wish to undergo a breast augmentation revision that can adjust the shape, position, or even size of the implants that you have currently, helping you to achieve a silhouette that fills you with confidence.
Should I Get Breast Implants Before or After Having a Baby?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It really depends on your personal preferences and your circumstances. If you are planning on having children within the next few years, it makes sense to wait until after your family is complete to have your augmentation procedure as this will help you to achieve the most predictable and long-term results.
However, if you don’t intend on having children for some time yet and you are feeling unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, there’s no reason for you to wait to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Just mention to your surgeon that you may wish to have a family later on, and this will be taken into consideration when executing your implant surgery.
For more information about breast implants and pregnancy, or to schedule a consultation contact Miami Aesthetic in Miami, FL at 305-851-3020.