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Breast Implants and Pregnancy

Pregnant women contemplating breast implantsPlastic surgeons see many women who are interested in getting breast implants but are planning on getting pregnant at some point in the future. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2008 plastic surgery statistics, breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed on women aged 20 to 39. A number of these women still want to have children after undergoing breast augmentation surgery. However, some women are concerned that the implants will affect their pregnancy or ability to breastfeed. Others worry that the pregnancy will cause cosmetic changes to the breasts and that they will need to have a revision procedure done following pregnancy and childbirth. In this blog post, we detail how breast implants can affect pregnancy.

Can Women With Implants Breastfeed?

In the vast majority of cases, yes, women can safely breastfeed their children even if they have undergone breast augmentation surgery. The incisions that are created during breast augmentation surgery generally do not affect milk ducts or a woman’s ability to breastfeed in the future. However, if the milk ducts were damaged during surgery, milk production may be affected. Lactation may be affected when patients have implants placed through the periareolar incision, or when implants are placed under glandular tissue. As long as you choose a qualified, surgeon experienced in proper breast augmentation techniques, breastfeeding should not be a problem in the future.

Can Breast Implants Adversely Affect Pregnancy?

The materials used in breast implants do not pose a health risk to women, whether they are pregnant or not. These materials have undergone rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe, and have been FDA approved for use in adults.

Will Pregnancy Affect the Appearance of the Breasts?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding may have an affect on the way your breasts look; however, every woman is different. Some women may gain or lose volume in the breasts following pregnancy, while others will regain their former shape.

If you want to undergo breast augmentation surgery but are planning on getting pregnant and breastfeeding in the future, be sure to talk to your plastic surgeon about your options. Contact our practice today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Deuber.

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