Breast Augmentation and Implants: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

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Congratulations on your pregnancy! Marking the beginning of a new chapter in your life, the first few months of pregnancy are an exciting time for you and your growing family. Along with the excitement, you are bound to have many questions. For women who have previously undergone breast augmentation, there are often many questions as to what and how their breast implants will affect—and be affected—by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

Will I be able to breastfeed?

For the majority of Dr. Paine’s patients, the ability to breastfeed is not hindered by their breast implants. Placed carefully under the ducts that produce and carry milk, breast implants do not typically interfere with breastfeeding. Statistically speaking, 80 to 90 percent of women with breast implants are still able to breastfeed.

Worried about their baby’s safety, many women are afraid to breastfeed with implants. Multiple studies have shown that neither silicone nor saline implants have an effect on the quality of a woman’s milk—as such, breast implants do not pose a health risk to your baby.

Can breast implants have an impact on my or my baby’s health?

Having implants prior to your pregnancy will not affect you or your baby’s health. As they are required to meet rigorous safety requirements, breast implants have been carefully designed and constructed to withstand the changes that occur with pregnancy.

How will pregnancy affect my breast augmentation?

With or without implants, your breasts will change dramatically during your pregnancy. Fluctuating in size and shape, a woman’s breasts may be permanently altered. Many women find that their breasts have lost volume and stretched as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding, causing their breasts to appear empty with a tendency to sag. Breast implants can actually counteract this change and can keep your breasts looking full and supple.

Along with Dr. Paine, our team at Mountain State ENT & Aesthetics understand that you may have questions about how your past breast augmentation will be affected by your pregnancy. Dedicated to creating lifelong relationships with each of his patients, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Paine with any questions or concerns.