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How Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Affect Breast Implants

A mother and her babyHaving a child is remarkably rewarding. The challenges of parenthood are outweighed by the joys. Yet pregnancy and childbirth bring about more changes to your life than just a reordering of priorities. A woman’s body can change a great deal, which is why Dallas, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Mark A. Deuber is here to help.

A number of women who undergo breast augmentation surgery wonder if they can breastfeed while they have implants. Let’s discuss this and other common questions about breast implants and pregnancy.

Will I Be Able to Breastfeed Okay with Implants?

Many woman who have breast implants are able to breastfeed just fine with silicone or saline breast implants. So long as the surgery has caused no nerve damage or harm to the milk ducts, breastfeeding will be possible. The breast milk is safe for your baby as well.

Planning Surgery to Ensure the Ability to Breastfeed

In order to ensure women can breastfeed after they’ve gotten silicone or saline breast implants, our team considers the following:

  • Location of Surgical Incisions – An incision around the areola may affect nerves as well as milk ducts. To preserve the ability to breastfeed, incisions are better placed along the underside of the breast, in the armpit, or in the belly button
  • Placement of the Breast Implants – If a surgeon places breast implants above the pectoral muscle, this could affect a woman’s milk production. To preserve the ability to breastfeed, it’s ideal to place the implant beneath the pectoral muscle.

Drooping Breasts After Pregnancy and Childbirth

The weight gain and weight loss associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and hormonal changes alters a woman’s body in many ways. Focusing specifically on the breasts, a woman with breast implants prior to pregnancy will likely notice a bit of sagging after they’ve had a baby and lost the weight from pregnancy. This is your body’s natural response to the changes you’ve gone through. The drooping of the breasts will continue to become more pronounced as you get older.

Will I Need Touch-Up Work?

If you want to reverse the drooping and sagging associated with pregnancy and the aging process, touch-up work is recommended. Dr. Deuber can restore the perkiness and firmness of your breasts, giving you a much more youthful appearance.

Breast Lift Surgery to Reduce Sagging

Rather than placing new breast implants, the touch-up work will typically involve a breast lift. Also known as a mastopexy, the breast lift is a procedure in which a little bit of skin and tissue is removed to help tighten and tone the overall breast appearance. Incisions are made around the areola and the lower curve of the breast, and they can be modified to meet the needs of the patient.

The Ideal Time to Undergo Breast Augmentation Touch-Up

Ideally, a breast lift should be performed after a mother has given birth to her last child and once she has achieved a good overall weight. The breast lift may be part of a mommy makeover, though it can simply be performed on its own. We can discuss this during your visit to the practice.

Discuss Your Options with a Skilled Plastic Surgeon

For more information about pregnancy, breast augmentation, and other options for addressing changes to a mother’s body following childbirth, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. We can help you look great and feel great about how you look.

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