Pregnancy after Breast Augmentation

One of the concerns a woman might have while considering breast augmentation surgery is her pregnancy and plan to breastfeed her baby. A breast augmentation surgery will not affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant. After breast augmentation, pregnancy is deemed safe for both the mother and her unborn child; however, pregnancy can affect the breast size and breast appearance.

Generally, it is recommended that if a pregnancy is planned within the near future (3 to 6 months), a woman should consider waiting to have breast augmentation surgery. Waiting will allow a patient to see what changes may occur in the breasts due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Post-pregnancy breasts might maintain their original volume, become larger, or (most commonly) realize an overall volume loss. While having implants does not pose a significant risk for breast drooping or sagging, post-pregnancy skin and internal suspensory breast ligaments (Cooper’s Ligaments) may have more laxity causing the breast tissue to lose its shape and contour. These pregnancy-related breast changes may also affect breast implant appearance, feel, and position. Each patient’s initial choice of implant size and style may change after pregnancy due to those changes in the breast post-partum.

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Will I be able to Breastfeed after Breast Augmentation surgery?

For child-bearing-aged women, breastfeeding is a natural concern, and breastfeeding after breast augmentation is absolutely possible! Modern surgical techniques can avoid disrupting the glandular tissue and the milk ducts to preserve nipple sensitivity and nursing ability. As a result, most mothers can nurse after breast augmentation surgery.

Breast implants are positioned behind the milk glands and often behind the chest muscle (Pectoralis Major). Most implants are inserted through an incision below the breast fold, avoiding the areola. Areola incisions increase the risk for nursing problems if the nerves around the areola are damaged.

Will the Silicone in my Implants create problems if I Breastfeed?

Silicone implants are manufactured from silicon. Silicon is a nonmetallic element, a natural material that comprises almost 1/3 of the earth’s crust. Silicone is used to create a wide variety of materials and products in medicine today. Using silicon as a proxy measurement for silicone in breast milk, lactating women with or without silicone implants show no significant differences. The amount of silicon is ten times higher in cow’s milk and even higher in infant formula. Another interesting fact about silicone is that it is in oral drops used to treat colic in infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that having breast implants is not a contraindication for breastfeeding.

Just as there aren’t one-size-fits-all breast implants, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for timing your breast augmentation procedure. If you’re considering a breast augmentation or breast lift surgery and would like to discuss your options and concerns in detail with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, contact our office at 303-680-8989.