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01 January 2016

Addressing the Top Concerns Regarding Pregnancy and Breast Implants

Analyzing the Relationship Between Pregnancy and Breast Implants

For years, women who have breast implants or are considering them have been concerned with the relationship between pregnancy and breast implants. A few hot topics include whether sagging is going to be an issue, whether to get implants before or after having kids, and whether breastfeeding with implants is possible.

Are you considering getting a breast augmentation—whether breast implants, a breast lift, or both? Or do you already have breast implants and are concerned with how your body would react to pregnancy and breastfeeding? Whether you have implants or you’re just starting to consider them, here are some of the top questions women ask regarding implants and pregnancy.

1. Should I wait until I’m done having kids to get a breast augmentation?

This has been an ongoing debate among women and plastic surgeons for years. In short, the answer is: it’s completely up to you. Whether you choose to undergo a breast augmentation before or after having children is a personal decision that you, alone, can make.

Breast implants won’t pose any threat to you or your unborn child during a pregnancy, so it’s more of an aesthetic decision. Pregnancy can greatly affect the shape and size of your breasts, but that can happen whether you have had a breast augmentation or not. On the other hand, some women hardly see any change in their breasts during their pregnancies.

If you’re planning on getting pregnant within the next year, you may want to wait and see how your breasts react to the pregnancy—though there’s nothing wrong with going ahead with the procedure. On the other hand, if you don’t see yourself having children within the near future, why not start enjoying your breasts the way you want them right now?

Again, the decision is completely up to you. If you have any specific concerns related to your body type, your plastic surgeon would be happy to discuss those during a personal consultation.

2. Will I be able to safely breastfeed after getting breast implants?

Being able to breastfeed after childbirth is a huge concern among many women—as there are proven benefits for both mother and child. Two of the most common questions asked are:

  • Is breastfeeding with implants safe for the baby?
  • Will I physically be able to breastfeed?

In a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants, there was no evidence to support hypotheses that breastfeeding was unsafe. In other words, there is no evidence that breastfeeding with implants is dangerous for you or the baby.

Regarding the other question, your ability to breastfeed may depend on a few factors. The first of these is genetics. Some women are unable to breastfeed at all—with or without implants. Other potential factors include the placement of the breast implants, whether or not any milk ducts were damaged when the implants were inserted, and whether excess pressure is preventing the milk from flowing.

In many cases, women are able to breastfeed safely and normally with breast implants. If you are concerned with your ability to breastfeed, your doctor will be able to answer your specific questions.

3. What will happen to my breasts if I get pregnant after getting breast implants?

Your breasts may expand and contract, fluctuate in shape and size, start to sag, or reveal stretch marks during/after a pregnancy. However, any of these changes depend on how much breast tissue you have, the flexibility of your skin, and more. Many women experience drastic changes in their breasts, while many others hardly notice a thing.

Your breast implants will stay intact, although your breasts may sag or lose some of their perkiness after a pregnancy. Keep in mind that any of these changes could happen with or without breast implants. A breast lift can be a great option to restore your breasts to their youthful look after giving birth.

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