Pregnancy and breastfeeding will not affect your implants.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding affect your natural breasts, and that effect is magnified by implants.
Breasts tend to get bigger with pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the bigger they are, the heavier they are (and the more likely they are to sag). There is no test that can be done before pregnancy to work out what your breasts will be like during pregnancy.
As a general rule, the more breast tissue you have, the greater your potential to breastfeed and also, the greater the potential for your breasts to end up quite big and heavy.
Whatever nature was going to do to your breasts will still happen, and implants will magnify this effect.
If the act of breastfeeding is important to you in the future, you should not have breast augmentation. Sensory changes, numbness and/or hypersensitivity can make breastfeeding difficult or impossible.
Three things can happen with pregnancy, breastfeeding and breast augmentation:
- Your natural breasts will get big and stay big, and some patients find that the overall size is then too big and they want to have their implants removed. A mastopexy (raising sagging breasts) may then be needed to deal with loose tissue.
- Your natural breasts will get bigger – and then go back to where they were.
- Your breasts will get bigger, and then end up deflated and sagging. If this happens you may need a lift.
The best time to have breast implants is after you have finished your family. The alternative is a long time before you intend to start – ideally 5-10 years (but not less than two). It is not ideal to have breast augmentation in between children.
No matter who you are, a breast augmentation is a significant investment in time, effort and risk, and you should be able to enjoy your results as long as possible.
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