Breast Augmentation and Pregnancy
Breast augmentation is a popular surgery among women who wish to increase their breast size or correct a loss in volume that can occur following pregnancy. How much time do you have to wait? What about getting breast implants before getting pregnant? Will pregnancy affect breast implants? Dr. Csaba Magassy discusses commonly asked questions regarding the timeline for breast augmentation prior to and following pregnancy.
Should You Get Breast Implants Before Getting Pregnant?
Other than large amounts of weight loss, pregnancy creates the greatest havoc on the breasts. Because pregnancy creates breast changes, if you know you are wanting to start a family or wanting to have another child, it is always better to wait so the surgical result will be stable. Unless one gains a whole lot of weight and then loses it, there isn’t much that will change the breasts, so one’s investment is better protected long term in waiting until done with pregnancies.
Already Have Implants? Will Pregnancy Affect Breast Implants?
If you already have breast implants, don’t worry! Based on thousands of women’s experiences, breast implants do not impact the health of your baby. There is no increased risk of any type of birth defect associated with either silicone or saline breast implants. This even goes for breastfed infants.
That being said, Pregnancy might impact your breast augmentation results. The majority of women with breast implants are still happy with their results after pregnancy. Factors determining whether your results will be impacted include: your age at the time of pregnancy, the age of your implants at the time of pregnancy, the characteristics of your breast tissue, and the extent of changes your breasts undergo during pregnancy. The latter is really impossible to predict, but you can talk to women in your family about their experiences to get an idea of what to expect. Breastfeeding does not generally impact your breast augmentation results.
As far as breastfeeding goes, some women are naturally unable to breastfeed, and most women with breast implants are able to successfully breastfeed. The breast implant is behind the breast and muscle, so it has no effect on breast feeding. Whether or not you choose to breastfeed, we know breast feeding does not usually affect your breast augmentation results.
How Much Time Do You Have to Wait to Have Breast Augmentation After Pregnancy?
While you may be tempted to schedule an appointment with your Dr. Magassy right after you give birth, it’s a risky procedure that should not be rushed. Instead, he recommends waiting at six weeks after stopping breastfeeding before having breast implant surgery. This will allow enough time for your hormones, weight, and breasts to reach their true post-pregnancy state. While some women’s breasts may get smaller or sag, it is possible for them to return to their normal size.
If you are dieting, you may need to wait longer than six weeks before scheduling the surgery. In this scenario, it’s best to wait until you have reached your weight loss goals so your breast implants are proportional to your body. If you’re unsure about the ideal time frame, discuss your goals with a surgeon and ask for their advice regarding a timeline.
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