Before having a breast augmentation, you need to make sure you understand the procedure and how it will affect your life. One of the major factors that many women consider is starting a family and how breast implants could affect your ability to breastfeed.
As a leading breast surgeon in Newcastle who supports women throughout the North East, Mr Pieri has worked with many women and helped them to decide whether breast implants will work for them. These are some of the most frequently asked questions he gets about pregnancy and breast implants to help you make an informed decision.
Can You Breastfeed With Implants?
The short answer is yes; in most cases, you can still breastfeed after having implants. For the vast majority of women, your boob job will not affect your milk supply or ability to feed your baby. However, every woman is different, and the type of breast augmentation procedure you have can make a difference, and issues may occur.
If the surgeon cuts through the areola during the procedure, then they may sever your milk ducts, which can affect how much milk you can produce. Also, if you chose larger implants, then you might find it more uncomfortable to feed your child.
Mr Pieri aims to avoid causing future issues for his patients who are thinking about starting a family. When he conducts his initial consultation, he will talk to you about breast implant sizes, breast augmentation recovery and other factors that might affect you in the future.
Still, if you’re unsure about how the surgery will impact your ability to breastfeed, you should discuss this with Mr Pieri during your consultation.
Does Pregnancy Ruin Breast Implants Or Change Their Appearance?
Many women worry that pregnancy might ruin their breast implants and alter the way they look forever, but that’s simply not the case.
Following childbirth, your body will change dramatically, and you may experience weight gain, excess skin and stretch marks, particularly across your stomach area. While this might affect the appearance of the skin around your breasts, it won’t have an impact on your breast implants.
That’s because silicone implants won’t stretch or move during pregnancy or breastfeeding, meaning that they will retain the same shape and appearance as before.
Will Pregnancy Affect The Way My Boobs Look?
Your post-pregnancy body will look very different to the way it did before you gave birth, and that includes your breasts. Natural weight gain and the hormones released during pregnancy can change the way your breast tissue grows and looks.
After giving birth and breastfeeding your child, your body undergoes significant changes. As such, you might find that your breasts start sagging (a process known as breast ptosis) or that they change shape, but this is natural, and your breast implants won’t be affected.
If your breasts do change shape, you might want to consider a breast lift or other breast augmentation procedures that will work around your implants to get you back to your post-pregnancy look.
Should You Wait Until After Having Children To Get Breast Augmentation Surgery?
When it comes to when you should get breast implants, the choice is entirely yours. It entirely depends on your situation and preferences, and there are many factors to consider.
If you’re planning on having children in the next year or so, it might be worth waiting until afterwards to have a breast augmentation. That’s because a woman’s body undergoes a lot of alterations during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so you might want to wait to see how your body has changed.
On the other hand, if you are eager to change the appearance of your breasts and aren’t sure when you want children, then breast implant surgery can be done before you start a family. Having a breast augmentation can help you achieve the youthful appearance you’ve always wanted but have struggled to get due to your weight or body shape.
Can You Have A Breast Enlargement After Childbirth?
It is possible to have breast implant surgery after giving birth, but you should wait for your child to be fully weaned.
You’ll then need to wait between 6 months to a year after your milk production has ended to ensure your breast tissue is fully healed and ready for the procedure. Losing weight you put on during pregnancy can also help you to see how your body has changed.
If you’re planning on having more children, it’s advisable to wait until your family is complete before you have breast implants.
Your body will continue to change as you have more children, so once you’ve finished breastfeeding your final child and returned to your pre-pregnancy size, you can explore the wide array of breast implant options available.
Where Can You Go For More Information About Breast Implants And Pregnancy?
In general, having a breast augmentation won’t affect pregnancy or breastfeeding, and many women with breast implants successfully give birth and feed their babies every day.
Whether you’re a former patient with questions or thinking about breast augmentation but unsure about how it will impact your family plans, Mr Pieri can help. Call 0191 2820197 or email [email protected] today to learn more.