Breast Augmentation: Before or After Pregnancy?

Pregnant woman holding her midsection.

Pregnant woman holding her midsection.

The timing of breast augmentation, especially as it relates to motherhood, is typically a major consideration for prospective patients. In this blog post, I want to take a moment to answer some of the specific questions my breast augmentation patients in St. Louis often ask. Once you have a clear understanding of the relationship between pregnancy and breast implants, you can make the best decision for yourself.

Breastfeeding With Implants

It’s a common misconception that breastfeeding isn’t possible after breast augmentation. Actually, most breast augmentation patients have no issue successfully breastfeeding even years after surgery. That’s because the inframammary incision is most commonly used, and it bypasses the nipple and areola entirely. Additionally, implants don’t affect the amount or safety of breastmilk. Learn more about your breast augmentation options here.

Physical Effects of Pregnancy

It’s no secret that pregnancy changes breast tissue. The physical effects of pregnancy on augmented breasts can be unpredictable but aren’t typically significant. Some patients experience sagging or a change in size, but pregnancy isn’t usually harmful to the implants themselves.

The Cost of Breast Augmentation

Cost is a major consideration for most women. Breast augmentation is a purely aesthetic procedure, so it isn’t covered by insurance. While we do offer financing options, it’s important to ensure that you can manage the payments before you book your surgery. During your consultation, we’ll provide you with a written quote that you can take home and discuss with your spouse or partner before you move forward.

The Recovery Period

If you’re a new mom, you already know that getting just 10 minutes to yourself can be a challenge. And after breast augmentation, you’ll need to make sure you have a quiet place to rest and heal for several days after surgery. If you have young children at home, keep in mind that you won’t be able to pick them up or do any heavy lifting for several weeks after surgery. The healing process may leave you feeling easily fatigued, too. It’s vitally important that you give your body the rest it needs, so be sure you have a family member or hired childcare to lend a hand during this time.

Don’t forget that breast augmentation isn’t your only option for looking your best before or after baby. More comprehensive options, such as a combined breast augmentation and lift or a mommy makeover, can actually undo some of the effects of pregnancy.

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