For women who perceive their natural breasts as being too small or feel dissatisfied with their shape, breast implant surgery can add greater volume and contour to the breasts with natural-looking results.
One common query for women interested in breast surgery is how breast enhancement looks after pregnancy. This article explores this topic in detail, discussing the ways that pregnancy can affect breast implants and addressing other common queries about the breasts.
The CREO Clinic’s Medical Director, Dr. Omar Tillo, is a specialist in breast enhancement surgeries, and has performed countless successful breast augmentations throughout his career. Dr. Tillo’s patient-centred approach means he will take the time to understand your aesthetic goals and life plans, then create a personalised treatment plan designed specifically to suit your needs.
Contact the CREO Clinic today to book a consultation with Dr. Tillo and reap the many benefits of breast augmentation.
How Does Pregnancy Affect Breasts
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the appearance of your breasts in many ways; some are temporary, while others are long-term or permanent.
Some frequent changes are enlargement of the breasts themselves, distension or growth of the nipples, and swelling and tenderness caused by lactation. The pain caused by milk production should dissipate after breastfeeding, but any enlargements or alterations to the shape and size of your breasts may be permanent.
Types Of Breast Implants
The CREO Clinic works closely with different manufacturers of breast implants to ensure that patients always receive high-quality implants that can help guarantee the longest-lasting and most aesthetically pleasing results. There are two main types of implants available: saline implants and silicone gel implants. Which type is most appropriate for you will depend on your particular needs.
Saline is another word for distilled and medical-grade salt water. The implants are filled with salt water to give them a soft, malleable feel. In the unlikely event that they rupture, the saline will be harmlessly absorbed by the body. Some women find that the aesthetics of saline implants are less natural, and they can sometimes lead to a ‘rippled’ effect on the skin. For this and other reasons related to the quality of results, the CREO Clinic only uses silicone implants for its augmentation surgeries.
Silicone Gel Implants
Silicone gel implants are designed to have a similar consistency to breast tissue – this means they produce a more natural look and feel compared to saline implants. While it is extremely unlikely that silicone gel implants will rupture, if they do, the silicone gel will remain harmlessly in the breast pocket alongside the implants until removed.
How Will Pregnancy Affect My Breast Enhancements?
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding should have no impact on your implants. However, the shape and size of your breasts are likely to change throughout your pregnancy, usually growing as a result of milk production or weight gain.
These changes to your breasts can sometimes affect the appearance of implants, especially once your breasts have returned to their normal size after breastfeeding.
Do Breast Implants Sag After Pregnancy
Pregnancy can lead to some sagging in the breasts, especially in the months after breastfeeding when lactation has ceased, and the breasts have returned to a more normal size. Every woman’s post-pregnancy physique will be different, but it is possible your breast implants may appear altered despite remaining in place – the breast shape around the implants may have changed.
The risk of sagging can increase or decrease due to multiple factors, explains our head surgeon, Dr. Omar Tillo: “Sagging varies a lot depending on weight fluctuations, the size of the implant, and the amount of collagen in the breast. The bigger the implant, the thinner the skin and the bigger the breasts become during pregnancy, the higher the risk of sagging.”
What Will My Breast Implants Look Like After Pregnancy?
For many women, breast enhancements will remain unchanged after pregnancy, but how exactly your breast implants will look after pregnancy depends on a variety of factors. The degree of sagging you experience is a very important factor, as the closer your breasts return to their original size and shape, the more likely it is you will retain the appearance of your implants.
A More Natural Appearance
Among the many other benefits of augmentation, some women report that having implants before pregnancy gave their breasts a more natural look through child-rearing and beyond. When they were experiencing changes to the size and shape of their breasts, the implants provided a contour and firmness that kept their breasts looking pert.
Every Woman And Pregnancy Is Different
It is extremely important to remember that every woman’s experience of pregnancy is going to be unique to them. Your experience when having children may be completely different from that of other women you know – try to keep a close eye on the physical changes that you see in your body and plan your aesthetic goals accordingly.
Will My Breast Implants Affect Breastfeeding?
In general, breast augmentation will not affect breastfeeding.
The nerves and glandular breast tissue that create milk for breastfeeding lie behind the nipple and areola and remain untouched during a breast implant procedure. In most cases, an implant is put in place via an incision at the breast crease (the line where the breast meets the abdomen), meaning any areas that could have an impact on breastfeeding are left alone.
Breast implants that are inserted via a circular incision around the areola have a higher chance of affecting breastfeeding as it could potentially disturb the nerves, milk ducts, and breast tissue that generate lactation.
Can I Get A Breast Procedure If I Have Implants?
Yes, enhancements made to your breasts through augmentation can be complemented by other procedures, such as a breast lift, fat transfer or areola reduction. Alternatively, you can make adjustments to your original breast augmentation through a breast revision procedure.
Procedures You Can Get With Breast Implants After Pregnancy
A breast lift is a common procedure post-pregnancy that works to make improvements to the shape and pertness of your breast tissue. It does this by removing a small section of skin from the breasts and then joining together the two resulting edges, firming up the surface of the skin. In comparison to an augmentation, a lift focuses exclusively on reshaping your breasts rather than creating volume. A lift can also complement existing implants by giving them a more natural-looking volume and projection.
Over time, your body may change, and the appearance of your existing implants may change with it. At the CREO Clinic, Dr. Tillo can look at your implants and make a plan for adjustments in line with your current needs. A breast revision may require the removal of your implants and repositioning or a new pair of implants – sometimes with a change from saline to silicone gel implants.
Breast Implants Before And After Pregnancy
One common concern for potential breast enhancement patients is how the surgery will line up with their family planning. Firstly, it should be noted that breast implant surgery does not interfere with pregnancy and breastfeeding, as it does not affect any of the glandular structures that make lactation possible.
Many women undergo breast augmentation surgery before having children and are very pleased with the long-term results. However, some prefer to wait until after having children so that they can assess the ways pregnancy has affected their breasts and before making cosmetic changes.