Pregnancy and Breast Implants: An Overview

Many women who want breast enhancement surgery have questions about how pregnancy will affect their implants. Most pregnant women experience breast growth and swelling as the body prepares for the baby’s arrival. Common concerns include whether or not the implants will make the breasts feel tender or painful, cause them to sag, or create stretch marks and other imperfections. Many women also wonder if it’s safe to become pregnant and breastfeed after implant surgery.

Breast Implants Before And After Pregnancy Photo - Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic

If you’re worried about any of these things, you’re in luck. It is completely safe to become pregnant after breast implant surgery. The implants will not hurt or cause pain during the pregnancy. In fact, because a woman’s breast gland tends to atrophy after pregnancy, implants may actually help maintain a consistent breast size. It is best to be mindful of excessive weight gain during pregnancy because it can lead to stretch marks across the breasts or sagging. Weight gain is expected during pregnancy, and staying within the recommended amount of weight gain can lessen the long-term effects on your body.

Breastfeeding with implants is also safe. If you are concerned about exposing your baby to the silicone in your implants, you can ease your mind by making a follow-up appointment with your plastic surgeon to make sure the implants are still intact and are not leaking. Additionally, many women experience a decrease in breast size once they have finished breast-feeding. Implants can help counteract this decrease and maintain a steady breast volume. Despite the fluctuations, an overwhelming majority of women with implants remain happy with the size of their breasts once they have given birth and finished breastfeeding.

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