Breast implant surgery after pregnancy and childbirth Introduction Pregnancy and childbirth are no doubt amazing experiences for a woman. However, there are side effects associated with being pregnant and giving birth to a child. During pregnancy, your body experiences hormonal changes, which affects your body aesthetics. The breasts are not immune to the effects of pregnancy and childbirth. During pregnancy, your breasts will enlarge and become saggy. On the other hand, after pregnancy, your breasts will reduce in size, but the skin will not retract to its original position. As a result, the breasts become smaller and saggy. Many women are sensitive when it comes to the size and shape of their breasts. As such, they experience self-esteem issues when pregnancy and childbirth affect their breasts in negative ways. They desire to restore their bigger and shapelier breasts. Breast implant surgery is one of the options women can use after pregnancy and childbirth. It can effectively restore the size and shape of the breasts. Effects of pregnancy and childbirth on the breasts Your body goes through different changes during pregnancy and childbirth. When you get pregnant, your body goes through hormonal changes. The hormonal changes result in physical changes in your body. The breasts enlarge, which causes the skin to expand and the muscles to separate. As a result, your breasts become saggy after childbirth because the skin fails to go back to its original place. Furthermore, after childbirth, your hormones start to normalize. However, your breasts will become smaller. However, since the skin elastin has become weaker during pregnancy, the breasts will fail to retract to their original position. This results in sagging besides the breasts being smaller. Moreover, breastfeeding can also have adverse effects on your breasts. The pull on the nipples causes them to become saggy and point downward. So, what do you do when your breasts have become smaller and saggy as a result of pregnancy and childbirth? Well, there are treatment options available and breast implant surgery is one of them. Breast implant surgery can effectively restore your breast size and youthfulness. However, you should consider breast implants when the sagginess in your breasts is only mild or moderate. If it is severe, you should consider getting a breast lift with implants. Getting breast implants after pregnancy and childbirth You should consider getting implants after pregnancy only when your breasts have become smaller and saggy and you desire to get back your bigger and firmer breasts. The main goal of getting implants is to make the breasts bigger; however, it can also treat saggy breasts. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia, after which the plastic surgeon will start the operation. Here, the goal is to treat two conditions: saggy and smaller breasts. Breast implants come in different sizes. The plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and assess your health during the pre-operative consultation, besides taking certain measurements. Afterwards, the surgeon will recommend you an implant size that can treat saggy and smaller breasts. It is important to keep in mind that after pregnancy and childbirth, you should not get very large implants because your breast skin and muscles are already weaker and the additional weight of large implants can make the sagginess in your breasts worse. Ideally, medium or smaller implants should be used. The surgeon will start the surgery by making incisions on your breast. In the next step, the surgeon will insert and place the implants. The implants will be placed underneath or over the pectoral muscle. Most surgeons prefer to place them under the muscle because it provides better tissue coverage for the implants. This way, the results are better and the risks are lower. After placing the implants, the surgeon will suture and close the incisions and the patient will go through a recovery process. The primary recovery will happen during the first two weeks of the surgery, after which you can resume work. However, complete recovery will require six weeks. During the recovery period, the patient must avoid physically strenuous activities because it can cause the incisions to open and result in bleeding and other complications. Also, do not sleep on your front because it can apply pressure to the breasts and result in wound opening, bleeding, infection, and poor wound healing. The results will not be fully noticeable immediately. It will take many weeks and even months for the results to show entirely. Breast implants need to drop and settle, and the swelling must disappear so the results can be visible. When the results finally emerge, your breasts will appear bigger and firmer. To continue enjoying the results in the long run, be sure to keep your weight stable. Keep in mind that breast implants are not permanent. They are exposed to wear and tear, which can result in implant leakage or rupture. When the implants leak or rupture, it does not cause any health issues, but your breast shape may gradually change if you have silicone implants. If you have saline implants, the change in breast shape after the rupture or leakage will be abrupt. Combo surgery: Breast implants and lift Many patients get severely saggy breasts due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you have severely saggy breasts that are also small and you desire to get bigger and youthful breasts, you should consider getting implants with a breast lift instead of just getting implants. The combined surgery has many benefits and also risks. The combo procedure of breast implants and lifts is performed under general anesthesia. The plastic surgeon operates by making incisions on the breasts. The surgery is relatively more traumatic and risky. You must share your complete medical information and desired goals with the surgeon in advance of the procedure. After making the incisions, the surgeon will insert the implants. The implant size and profile best for you will be determined during the pre-operative consultation. The surgeon will measure your breast dimensions and note your desired goals to recommend you the best implant size and profile. After inserting the implants, the surgeon will place them under or below the breast muscle. In most cases, they are placed under the breast muscle because it entails a lower risk of capsular contracture, implant rupture, and aesthetic complications. It also comes with many benefits. Your breasts will look more natural and shapelier because of the additional tissue coverage. Also, the risk of implant palpability is lower with this placement option. After placing the implants in the intended place, the surgeon will tighten the breast muscle that has become weak or have separated. This is important to make the breasts firmer. Next, the surgeon will lift the nipples to a higher position where they can point forward and look perky. The surgeon will then remove the excess skin from the breasts. In the next step, the surgeon will re-drape the remaining skin, suture and close the surgical wounds. The results will slowly transpire over the next few weeks or months. When the results emerge, your breasts will appear firmer, bigger, voluptuous, and sexy. Breast implant contraindications before and during pregnancy Some patients think they can get breast implants before or during pregnancy. Keep in mind that when you get breast implants and then get pregnant, the aesthetic results achieved via the operation will be lost. Pregnancy will make your breasts saggy and smaller again. Also, do not get breast implants or lift during pregnancy. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and involves inserting and placing foreign objects inside your breasts. This can make the surgery life-threatening not only for you but also for your baby. Be sure to have plastic surgery after you are done with pregnancy and childbirth and have no plan to get pregnant again. Conclusion Many women who have gone through pregnancy and childbirth wonder whether they can get breast implants and how it will improve their aesthetic appearance. The effects of pregnancy and childbirth on the breasts can be treated with implants under certain conditions. If your breasts have become saggy and small due to pregnancy and childbirth and the condition is affecting your self-esteem, you should consult with a plastic surgeon who is experienced in breast implant surgery. Keep in mind that the surgery is risky. Make sure to discuss the risks with the plastic surgeon.