Pregnancy and Breast Implants

Pregnancy after having Breast Augmentation is quite common. During pregnancy, a woman’sbreasts will develop and enlarge around the breast implants in preparation for breastfeeding. These changes occur as a result of hormone surges, and the extent by which the breast volume increases varies between women. This effect could be subtle, but it could also result in a significant breast engorgement. In all cases, these changes will remain until after a woman has stopped breastfeeding (or, if not breastfeeding, after childbirth).

At this time, the breasts will most likely return to their pre-pregnancy size. Some women are, however, left with a reduced breast volume after their pregnancy. In more pronounced cases, this may result in a significant loss of shape and sagging. This is unrelated to having breast implants, and would have happened whether or not they had a breast enlargement prior to pregnancy.

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Normal changes to the breasts during pregnancy may include:

  1. The breasts feel swollen or fuller
  2. The breasts become enlarged
  3. Increased prominence of veins
  4. Darkening of the nipple and areola
  5. Increased nipple prominence
  6. Tenderness and/or tingling sensation
  7. Sensitivity or soreness of the nipple

Your previous pregnancy (if you’ve previously been pregnant) and your mother’s experience during pregnancy are probably the best indicator of what will happen to your breasts during pregnancy. Being younger at the time of pregnancy, and having only a small enlargement during your pregnancy, usually means that you are more likely to have your breasts return to their pre-pregnancy state. However, this is never guaranteed. Sometimes even in young women with only a minimal enlargement, their breasts may shrink to a smaller volume than before, and/or be left with loose, hanging skin.

Touch-Ups and Revisions After Pregnancy

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If any work is required to restore the pre-pregnancy size and shape of your breasts, Dr. Jugenburg will ask you to first wait for at least 3 months after you have stopped breastfeeding, or 3 months after pregnancy (whichever is later), to allow for your breasts to stop changing and stabilize. Once your breasts have stabilized and are no longer changing, Dr. Jugenburg will be able to see you and determine whether or not there is anything that needs to be done to touch-up your breasts.It is then important to wait until all breast milk is gone from your breasts before any revision surgery; operating on breasts still containing milk can increase the risk of infection and Capsular Contracture (implant hardening).

The most common corrective procedure is to perform a Breast Lift (also known as a Mastopexy) on a sagging breast to lift the nipple and to remove the excess stretched skin. For women who do not have augmented breasts, Breast Lift and Augmentation (Augmentation Mastopexy) is often a common procedure as a part of the Mommy Makeover group of surgeries.

Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Dr. Jugenburg is a highly experienced plastic surgeon who always takes the time to get to know his patients and their needs before committing to any kind of surgery. At your consultation, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Jugenburg, and let him know about the look you want to achieve. The doctor will guide you through the whole breast augmentation process: from the preparations you will need to make, through to the surgical procedure and aftercare. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and raise any concerns you might have with Dr. Jugenburg and his team of highly qualified and friendly healthcare professionals.

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