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Should You Wait Until After Pregnancy for Breast Implants?

Posted July 2019 by Biodermis
Cosmetic breast surgery can encompass any number of breast enhancement techniques designed to alter the shape, size, and overall appearance of the breasts. Breast augmentations with implants and breast lifts, for instance, are two of the most common breast procedures that are considered cosmetic in nature. Because of the many changes that a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy, especially with the breasts, it may be best to wait until you have reared your last child before considering cosmetic breast surgery. There may be many reasons why waiting is a good idea, but we will consider the most common reasons in this article.

Continue reading to learn more about how pregnancy changes your body and why you should wait until after your last child to have breast implants.

Pregnant woman

Pregnancy and bodily changes

During pregnancy, a woman’s body will undergo many physical changes over the course of nine months. In particular, a soon-to-be mother will experience weight gain around the belly and breast areas. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes in the body that leads to breast enlargement and the stimulation of milk production. Breast swelling, soreness and tenderness, and a heavy feeling in the chest are early signs of pregnancy. Not only will the size and shape of a mother’s breasts change, the areolas and nipples will also increase in size and become more sensitive than usual. All of these bodily transitions are ways that a woman’s body adapts naturally to the growing baby inside of her.

Breast augmentations before or after pregnancy?
Breast augmentations, also known as augmentation mammoplasty or “boob jobs,” are among the most common surgery types opted for by women. This procedure aims at enhancing the shape and size of the breasts to fit the woman’s desired body type. Ideally, it’s always best to wait until after pregnancy to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. The obvious reason for waiting is so that you don’t lose the shape and size that you wanted as a result of the surgery. Because the breasts undergo so many changes during pregnancy, they may become uncomfortably large or undergo sagging as a result of the associated weight gain. Women who have had breast implants prior to pregnancy may end up needing reconstructive surgery again to fix any undesirable bodily changes that occurred during pregnancy.

Pregnant woman


A common question many women ask prior to obtaining breast implants is, “Will I be able to breastfeed my child after pregnancy?” Breastfeeding is an intimate bond that a mother shares with her baby, so it isn’t surprising that many women find this topic concerning. The good news is that most women can still breastfeed after having implants. The reason for this is that a majority of breast augmentation surgeries don’t affect the milk ducts that produce milk during pregnancy. However, the ability to breastfeed after implants depends on where the incision is made during the procedure. If a woman opts for an incision around the areola, known as a periareolar incision, she may lose some sensitivity in the nipple and connection can be severed with some of the underlying milk ducts. That’s why it’s important to discuss with your surgeon about implants and breastfeeding prior to making any decisions.

Ultimately, the choice is yours to wait or not in committing to a life-changing surgery. Many women who are young and not looking to have children anytime soon may find it difficult to wait. If you plan on having children at a young age, waiting to have breast implants might be the best course of action. As always, it’s a good idea to consult your physician or even close friends who have had breast implants to help you make your decision.


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