There are so many questions that can come up when a woman finds out she is pregnant. She is about to embark on a life-changing experience, including some major changes to her body. One of the more significant changes that takes place during pregnancy involves a woman’s breasts. If you have already had implants and are pregnant, one of your questions may be will having children ruin the look of my implants? As hormones kick in and breasts become engorged with milk, it can definitely change their size and shape.
For women with breast implants, there are often questions about how having children will affect their implants. There are concerns about the safety of breast-feeding and how the changes in their breasts will affect the look of their implants.
We hope this article helps to answer some of these questions and concerns.
Breast Implants and Pregnancy
The good news is pregnancy alone won’t affect your breast implants. As hormone levels fluctuate during pregnancy, it can cause breasts to swell and enlarge. The breasts are increasing in volume as they prepare for breastfeeding. Once breastfeeding is over, the breast will shrink in size as the breast volume decreases.
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These changes in size and shape of the breasts can be permanent. While the breast implant stays in place and holds its shape, the rest of the breast may take on a different look. It is impossible to say how much of a change will occur because it is different for each woman. In some cases, it is a very small change that doesn’t seem to make a difference. Some women are absolutely fine with the effects. For those who experience a more extreme change, a breast lift can solve the problem and restore the breasts to the way they looked before.
If you’re planning on having multiple children, it is probably a good idea to wait to have any other breast augmentation or breast lift completed until you’re finished having kids.
Breastfeeding with Implants
In most cases, women with breast implants are still okay to breastfeed when their baby is born. Implants are placed under the ducts that produce milk and therefore, should not disrupt or interfere with breastfeeding.
However, there may be issues with breastfeeding based on where the incisions were made at the time of the implant surgery. If incisions were made around the areola, it may have caused nerve damage, which can affect the mother’s ability to breastfeed. This is also true if a surgeon used a periareolar incision – an incision made directly below the areola. This type of incision may negatively impact the viability of the milk ducts.
These types of complications with breastfeeding are definitely more the exception than the norm. New mothers will be able to tell rather quickly if there are issues by simply attempting to breastfeed. It may also be a good idea to let your doctor know that you have implants so they can be sure to monitor the baby’s weight to be sure they are getting enough to eat.
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Pregnancy will often cause changes in the appearance of the breasts whether you’ve had a breast implant or not. If you’ve had implants, you shouldn't worry about these changes, as they are natural. You’ll still be able to experience pregnancy and breastfeeding in a normal way.
At the end of your pregnancy, if you’re unhappy with look of your breasts, call us and we will set up a consultation with Dr. Brown to discuss your options.