Pregnancy & Breast Implants: 3 Things You Should Know
March 08, 2017
If a woman is planning a pregnancy or is already pregnant, there are many questions she’ll have. While this new journey of life is a beautiful one, it can certainly bring forth some major body changes along the way. One of the most significant changes that occurs during pregnancy involves a woman’s breasts.
Whether a woman who already has breast implants becomes pregnant, or whether a woman is considering both pregnancy and a breast augmentation in her future, the potential overlap and timing of these changes can lead to different outcomes. As a result, we meet women who come to us with a wide range of questions about this topic because they understandably want to be better informed before making big decisions in their lives.
At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, some of the questions we hear include “Will pregnancy affect my breast implants?” and “Is it safe to breastfeed with breast implants?” We noticed that these patients aren’t able to easily find accurate information to address their important questions. That’s why we wanted to explain three of the most important things you should know when considering pregnancy with breast implants.
1. Implants Won’t Interfere with Pregnancy
Because most breast implants used today are made from durable, nonreactive material, they can withstand the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy that can change the size and shape of the breast. In fact, if there have been no complications with your breast implants, they do not pose a risk to a normal, healthy pregnancy in any way.
It is important to keep in mind however that while the breast implant stays in place and holds its shape, the rest of the breast and surrounding tissue may take on a different look post pregnancy. It is impossible to say how much of a change could occur, as changes in the breast during pregnancy will vary from woman to woman. In many cases, it is a very small change that doesn’t seem to make a difference. And while most women are absolutely fine with the effects, some can experience a more extreme change and may wish to undergo a corrective procedure such as a breast lift.
2. You Can Breastfeed with Breast Implants
In most cases, women with breast implants can safely breastfeed once their baby is born. Because implants are placed under the ducts that produce milk, they should not disrupt or interfere with breastfeeding. Moreover, implant placement under the muscle allows for an extra layer of protection between the implants and the milk ducts as well as a more natural look and feel for patients with no breast droopiness and less fatty tissue to start with.
However, there may be issues with breastfeeding based on where your incisions are placed. If the incisions were made around the areola, it can affect the mother’s ability to breastfeed, as this type of incision can sometimes impact the function of the milk ducts. Keep in mind that none of the incisions commonly used in a regular breast augmentation prevent breastfeeding, however if a woman is receiving both a lift and an augment, her incisions may interfere.
3. Always Go with a Board Certified Surgeon
If post pregnancy you require adjustments in shape and size, or lifting (mini, moderate, or full), only a highly qualified, board certified surgeon with training and experience in all aspects of breast surgery is qualified to assess and treat this need. An unqualified surgeon may be unaware of all the options that can be performed on a breast and may be incapable of proper repair post pregnancy. Above all, ensure that your plastic surgeon listens to your concerns and develops an individualized plan to avoid post pregnancy reconstruction, which can increase the likelihood of an outstanding result.
Breast Augmentation at The Plastic Surgery Clinic Inc.
With over 400 breast augmentations performed a year, our surgeons Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad are among the most experienced breast augmentation surgeons in Canada. Their philosophy for every breast enlargement patient is to make her look and feel as natural as possible.
As world renowned experts in the field of breast surgery, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad frequently publish articles on the topic in peer-reviewed journals, such as the prestigious Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Should you decide to undergo a breast procedure, whatever your motivation, be sure to consult with our highly qualified, board certified plastic surgeon. Together, both of you will be able to determine an end result that not only benefits your lifestyle, but also meets your aesthetic goals.
If you’re considering a breast augmentation or another breast procedure at The Plastic Surgery Clinic, please contact us at [email protected] to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lista or Dr. Ahmad.
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