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Breast surgery – pregnancy and breastfeeding

28th Feb 2019

Among the most common concerns for patients looking to undergo breast enhancement procedures is how it affects pregnancy and breastfeeding. There are plenty of urban myths associated with this issue, and it is surprising that many women still don’t understand how breast surgery can affect pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Before anything else, we should discuss the reasons why many patients desire to undergo breast enhancement surgery. There are many factors that can alter the beautiful appearance of the breasts such as aging, gravity, a congenital issue, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. As you can see, pregnancy and breastfeeding are among the causes of an unsightly appearance of the breasts that determine the need for plastic surgery. What does this mean? It means that pregnancy and breastfeeding have an effect on the breasts, and it doesn’t matter if they are natural breasts or breasts enhanced with the help of plastic surgery.

During the pre-operative consultation for breast enhancement surgery, the plastic surgeon should make it a priority to ask whether you want to get pregnant and breastfeed again in the future after the procedure. The general recommendation is to avoid an ulterior pregnancy and breastfeeding, but not because it would be dangerous for the patient or baby’s health, but because the aesthetic results achieved might be altered and the appearance of the breasts might be unsightly once again.

The body goes through multiple changes when pregnancy occurs, and the features of the body that are most impacted are the breasts and tummy. The breasts will be impacted by pregnancy whether you had breast implants, breast reduction, or a breast lift in the same manner. After pregnancy, the breasts can become saggy, have an increased volume or a loss of mammary gland volume, an empty upper pole, and so on.

When it comes to breast enhancement procedures and breastfeeding, you should know that severe asymmetries can occur after breastfeeding preponderantly from one breast. This can happen for patients without implants or for patients who had breast surgery in the past. Keep in mind that the larger the breasts, the more visible the asymmetries or other imperfections that can occur.

Getting breast implants doesn’t affect the ability to breastfeed in a vast majority of cases, especially if the patient had the implants inserted through an inframammary incision. The periareolar incision can trigger changes in the sensitivity of the breasts that could cause issues with breastfeeding, but there is no problem when the incision is in the inframammary fold. When considering the breast lift, it is possible for women who had the procedure to find it more difficult to breastfeed afterwards, so make sure you are fully aware of this and can accept this potential long-term consequence before scheduling your breast lift.

The procedure that is associated with difficulties in breastfeeding and a potential inability to breastfeed is breast reduction surgery as it entails the removal of a part of the mammary gland tissue.


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