Pregnancy and the Appearance of the Breasts
Breast augmentation improves the size and shape of the bust, producing a look that is more consistent with natural curves and in-line with individual aesthetic desires. Many things can impact the appearance of the breasts, but few as much as pregnancy and nursing. Because of this if you are planning on having children in the future, it is important to discuss these plans with Dr. Fata before moving forward with your breast augmentation procedure. While future pregnancy plans do not rule you out as a candidate for breast augmentation, there are considerations that should be made to ensure you are making the best decision for your body, both currently, and with respect future plans.
Does Having Kids Affect Breast Implants?
Breasts grow during pregnancy, sometimes significantly. Having breast implants will not interfere with this growth nor should implants cause discomfort, but they may be rendered less effective as volume naturally reduces following childbirth.
In some women, the breasts return to their original size and shape after breastfeeding has stopped. In women with implants, this is the size and shape created during breast augmentation. However, in many cases, breasts will lose volume, especially in the upper portion, after the baby has been weened. This can result in a deflated look, even with existing implants, which may be exacerbated by the presence of loose skin. Waiting until you have finished having children may help ensure longer-lasting results and reduce the need for breast implant revision.
Breast Implants and Nursing
Most women with breast implants are able to breastfeed without complications. Dr. Fata takes great care to maintain nipple sensitivity in all augmentation procedures. In addition, Dr. Fata suggests submuscular breast implant placement in almost all cases –even when future pregnancies are not planned. This location offers several benefits, but for women who may have children in the future, this placement is less likely to compress milk ducts or reduce production.
Breast implants can impact milk supply, but there is no scientific evidence that shows the presence of implants can have a negative impact on the health or safety of breastfed children. However, it is a good idea to check for implant ruptures during pregnancy to safeguard against leaks. Dr. Fata can discuss this with you in greater detail during your initial consultation at our Indianapolis office.
For some women, it makes sense to include breast augmentation in the mommy makeover procedure. This procedure is ideal for women who do not plan on becoming pregnant in the future and addresses all of the issues resulting from pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Depending on your needs and desires, a mommy makeover may include:
- Breast Augmentation to restore symmetry, shape, and size
- Breast Lift to eliminate loose skin and restore a firm and lifted appearance
- Tummy Tuck Surgery to address separated abdominal muscles and excess skin and fat in the midsection
- Liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits from all areas of the body
As with breast augmentation, it is typically best to wait until you have finished having children to undergo the mommy makeover procedure, but each case is different and, with respect to your desires and motivations, Dr. Fata will happily discuss your candidacy for this procedure during your initial consultation where he can provide you with honest and useful information that will assist you in making the best decision for your body.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Fata, please call Renaissance Plastic Surgery at 317-575-9152 today. Located in Indianapolis, Renaissance Plastic Surgery welcomes women from all surrounding areas of Indiana.