How Will Pregnancy Affect My Breast Implants?
Many women invest in breast implants to improve the size, shape, and firmness of their breasts. The news of a pregnancy is exciting for most women, but if you’ve had a breast augmentation, you might feel nervous because of the changes to your body pregnancy may bring. Learn how pregnancy can potentially affect your breasts and implants.
What Happens to the Breast Tissue During Pregnancy?
An increase in the size of milk glands causes breasts to enlarge during pregnancy, but once a woman starts nursing, the glands shrink, which can weaken the breast tissue. It’s common for breasts to sag and develop excess skin after pregnancy, and in some cases, the tissue can become distorted. Various factors like weight gained during pregnancy, your skin’s elasticity, age, genetics, and the extent of change in breast size can influence how your breasts react to pregnancy. However, keep in mind that every woman’s body is different and reacts accordingly to pregnancy.
Breast Implants and Pregnancy
Pregnancy often changes a woman’s body, and this can worry women who have undergone breast augmentation. However, pregnancy only affects your natural body tissue and not breast implants. The pressure exerted on your implants by the enlarged milk glands can neither distort their shape nor cause them to rupture. If you experience sagging after pregnancy, you may consider getting a breast lift to remove the excess skin, or get larger implants to restore your breast’s fullness. This cosmetic procedure may be complicated for ladies who already have breast implants, but it can increase the firmness of their breasts.
Breast Implants and Nursing
Implants don’t always affect a woman’s ability to nurse, but, in some cases, breastfeeding problems occur due to blocked milk ducts, mastitis, a hormonal imbalance, and low milk supply. The volume of the natural glandular tissue in your breasts before an augmentation can determine whether your breasts will produce enough milk for breastfeeding. Women whose surgeries lead to a loss of nipple sensation may experience nursing problems, but doctors encourage them to try breastfeeding several times after giving birth—even women who haven’t undergone cosmetic surgery can experience complications when nursing, so practicing can help. Be patient with yourself and your baby, and don’t be afraid to ask your obstetrician or cosmetic surgeon any questions.
Breast implants or a breast lift can help improve the look and feel of your breasts and offer you a more youthful appearance. Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD, is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon offering specialized expertise in body, facial, and breast procedures for patients in Mandeville, LA. Dr. Kinsley uses innovative plastic surgery technology and advanced techniques with the advantage of providing clients with a feminine perspective, understanding, and experience before and after any cosmetic procedure. Call us at (985) 893-3737 to make an appointment.