What Will Happen to My Breast Augmentation Results during Pregnancy?

Posted on September 4, 2018 by: Dr. Ronald DeMars

Pregnancy affects on Breast Implants

Breast Changes During and After Pregnancy

It is difficult to predict with absolute certainty what pregnancy and nursing will do to a woman’s breasts. The natural breast tissue and skin typically stretch during the pregnancy, as the breasts become engorged with milk.

The implants themselves are unaffected by pregnancy; they stay in place and hold their shape during the pregnancy. There are no unusual implant complications associated with pregnancy.

The natural breasts can take on a different look after pregnancy. They may be smaller or larger than they were pre-pregnancy; it may be a subtle or noticeable difference. Alternatively, they may return to the same size they were before the pregnancy.

Can Implants Affect Breastfeeding or Pregnancy?

It is common for potential breast augmentation candidates who don’t yet have children to be concerned about whether implants may interfere with breastfeeding down the road. As Dr. DeMars discussed in a previous blog post, implants generally do not cause problems with breastfeeding. And, it is not dangerous for a baby to nurse from a mother with implants. The odds of an implant leaking and contaminating breast milk are extremely low.

With that in mind, there are considerations when timing breast augmentation. If a woman is contemplating implants but planning to become pregnant in the near future, Dr. DeMars will probably recommend postponing breast augmentation until after having and weaning the baby. Waiting until breast size and shape stabilizes after pregnancy and nursing helps to maximize the aesthetic results of breast augmentation.

Contact Dr. DeMars for More Information

Are you considering enhancing your breasts with implants? You should sit down with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. DeMars, who can walk you through the procedure and give you a clearer idea of what to expect. Please call (503) 253-3458 or email our practice today to schedule an appointment.