Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enlarges the size of breasts. It can also be done to restore the breasts to their original form after pregnancy. Breast augmentation is also performed to alter the symmetry of breasts that are originally not symmetrical. As a figure enhancing procedure, breast augmentation usually improves the confidence and well-being of women who are not happy with the size and shape of their breasts.
Pregnancy alters the size and shape of breasts as well. Especially when milk production starts, breasts become larger and its skin stretches. In this regard, is it safe to have a breast augmentation before and after pregnancy?
Breast Augmentation Before Pregnancy
Having a breast augmentation procedure before pregnancy does not pose risks or difficulties. It will not affect lactation. Although some studies claim that a small risk of damaging your areola ducts may occur when you have an areola incision. This may result to the inability to breastfeed. It will not give a feeling of discomfort or pain as your breasts change with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Every woman will undergo breast changes after pregnancy with or without breast augmentation. However, changes differ from one woman to another. Breast sizes normally grow larger with pregnancy so your previously altered breasts are bound to change after pregnancy.
Breast Augmentation After Pregnancy
It is safe to have a breast augmentation procedure after pregnancy. However, you should wait until 3 months after you stop lactating and breastfeeding so that your breasts have time to settle and stabilize. Breast augmentation performed after pregnancy is usually done to alter the shape of saggy breasts that result from breast feeding. The skin surrounding the breasts usually stretch when breast feeding. After lactating, the breast returns to their normal size but the skin remains stretched which causes sagging.
For some women, they undergo breast augmentation after pregnancy because they are still not happy with their breast sizes. One thing you need to consider before having a breast augmentation after pregnancy is if you are still planning to have another baby. That again will alter the size and shape of your breasts so think about your decision thoroughly.
An Informed Decision
Breast augmentation is a procedure that every woman should take into careful consideration. You should ponder on the benefits as well as the risk so you can make an informed decision. Ultimately, it is your body and it is up to you to decide if you want to enhance it with surgical procedures.
Dr. Gregory H. Croll is the owner of his own practice, and the leading doctor for breast augmentation in Columbia, MO.