This is a common concern among many women who plan to have children after breast augmentation. What every patient should first understand is that pregnancy and breastfeeding will have a unique physical impact on each individual, so the changes experienced by one woman may be completely different than those of another. That said, the majority of women can expect some degree of breast swelling or enlargement to occur during pregnancy as their body produces breast milk for nursing. For many, this increase in size is often followed by a decrease in breast volume once breastfeeding and milk production have ceased.
Fortunately, regardless of the degree of breast enlargement and subsequent deflation that may accompany pregnancy, the shape and integrity of the breast implants should not be affected. As a matter of fact, a potential benefit of having a breast augmentation before becoming pregnant is that the breasts can better maintain their shape despite volume loss. This doesn’t necessarily mean the breasts will return to their exact pre-pregnancy size and contour, but rather that implants will still provide some breast shape in the event a significant amount of breast volume loss occurs. Depending on exactly how much volume is lost—as well as the degree of tissue drooping and skin sagging present—bigger implants and/or breast lift surgery may be needed to restore the pre-pregnancy shape, size, and elevation of the breasts.
If you have any other questions regarding breast implants, or if you are considering breast augmentation and would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to contact my practice online or by telephone today.
– Dr. Enrique Silberblatt, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon