Do Breast Implants Affect Pregnancy and Pregnancy Symptoms?
It’s a well known fact that pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the shape, size, and the look of your breasts. And so naturally, women who have breast implants and are going through a pregnancy, or are planning on becoming pregnant, wonder whether having breast implants will somehow affect their pregnancy, or will cause any negative symptoms, like impeding their ability to breastfeed
The questions related to this domain are many. So, today, we are going to answer all of these questions.
How Does Pregnancy Affect Breast Implants?
During pregnancy, the breast tissues will grow and change due to the rising progesterone and estrogen levels. These changes don’t usually affect the implants because the implants are designed to be resilient and resistant to deflating, ruptures, or leakages. So, the pressure caused by the growing breast tissues will not result in the implants rupturing or changing shape.
However, it should be noted that the change in breast tissues along with natural weight gain during pregnancy can sometimes weaken the breast tissue. This is because when the breasts expand during pregnancy, and so after they contract they leave excess skin which results in sagging. Though the chances of this happening are very low and hardly ever occur.
Should You Wait Some Time After Getting Implants to Get Pregnant?
Ideally, the answer to this question is yes. Usually, it is best for an individual to fully heal from the surgery before getting pregnant. This means that one should wait for 6 to 8 weeks after being fully healed from the surgery to get pregnant. This will ensure that the surgery will not interfere with the pregnancy.
However, if you get pregnant soon after getting breast implants, then you should let your cosmetic surgeon and obstetrician know. By doing so, you will ensure that you will be properly monitored by your doctors and avoid the development of any complications in your pregnancy.
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Can I Breastfeed After Getting Breast Implants?
Yes, women can breastfeed after getting breast implants. There are only a few possible exceptions to this rule. If the breast augmentation surgery was not done properly and there was some problem in placing the breast implants either under the breast tissue or under the chest muscles, then it can become problematic for the woman to breastfeed.
Here are a few errors which can cause your breast augmentations to become a hindrance to your breastfeeding:
- If the incision was made across the areola or nipples and during the surgery, and the milk ducts were snipped
- If the implants are right under the glandular tissue and on top of the chest muscle
- If breasts were never developed properly
- If breasts were tuberous in shape
- If breasts were asymmetrical
- If breasts were spaced far apart
In some cases, the woman might lose sensation in some parts of her breasts or nipples. In these cases, it might be difficult for the woman to nurse properly. This usually happens when the nerves around the nipples get damaged during surgery.
Is It Safe to Breastfeed, Even If You Can Do It?
Studies have found no reports of any health concerns in the babies of parents who have silicone breast implants. However, it should be noted that research in this area is still limited. But there is still no evidence of an increased risk of birth complications in babies born to parents with breast implants.
Will There Be Excess Sagging Postpartum?
There can be some sagging postpartum, but it won’t be due to the breast implants. Due to natural hormonal changes, the breasts might grow and change during pregnancy and the month following pregnancy.
During breast enlargement, the skin surface area would also grow and sagging can occur because of the excess skin that remains right after the postpartum period is over. However, with time, the breasts will reduce and will move closer to the pre-pregnancy size.
In addition to this, skin and breast tissue can become less firm after pregnancy. But you should note that even after all these changes, there should be minimal to no changes in the breast implant. Some factors that can affect your breasts during postpartum are:
- Pregnancy weight gain
- Length of breastfeeding
- Number of pregnancies
Is It Better to Wait Until After You Have Had Kids to Get Implants?
The answer to this question is purely preferential. Unless you are actively trying to get pregnant right now, in which case it is advised that you should wait, else you can get implants whenever you want.
The decision about whether to get implants and when to get them is a very personal decision since everyone has different health histories, goals, and priorities in life.
This means that you can get breast implants before having children, or you can get breast implants after having children. You should make this decision according to your requirements and comfort.
These are all the major questions that women face when they are trying to get breast implants. If you have any other questions, then feel free to reach out to us and get those questions answered.
Why Should You Choose to Get Breast Implants at Divine Cosmetic Surgery?
At Divine Cosmetic Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing 100% excellent breast augmentation results for all of our patients. Dr. Amit Gupta and his team of medical experts have a collective experience of decades, and they have used this experience to establish Divine Cosmetic Surgery as India’s most trusted cosmetic surgery clinic.
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