Concerns about pregnancy and breastfeeding risks are common both before and after procedures to augment or reduce breast size. The good news is that the dangers to mother and child are negligible. However, there are some details in regard to both procedures that future mothers might want to know beforehand. There are some effects on breast augmentation after pregnancy  that could complicate life for mother and child after pregnancy.

Both of these procedures are safe with regard to pregnancy. However, each has a possible impact on your ability to nurse your child. The impact can vary depending on the type of procedure you have and the incisions being used. There are many personal factors as well that will play into your ability to breast feed your baby. Consider which operation you are planning on having and think about the possible consequences and outcomes listed here.

Breast Augmentation After Pregnancy

There are two things that you should think about in regard to pregnancy after undergoing augmentation of your breasts. The first issue regards your ability to breastfeed. The other issue is the impact that pregnancy may have on breasts that have been artificially enhanced.

Any impact on breastfeeding has little to do with the types of implants that you get. Saline and silicone do not have disparate impacts. The type of incisions used to insert the implants, however, can be very significant.

In general, women whose implants are inserted through incisions under the fold of the breast or in the armpits (also known as axillary incisions) have a better chance of successfully nursing their children. There is less disruption of the critical tissues surrounding the nipple. However, women who undergo any sort of breast surgery may experience unusual discomfort during attempts to breastfeed. Doctors and mothers need to make decisions on a case-by-case basis with regard to breast feeding.

Incisions in the area of the areola, or nipples, can be problematic. Some women manage to breast feed their children successfully after augmentations performed through such incisions but their numbers are fewer. There is also greater discomfort with these cases. Many of these women have to abandon attempts to breastfeed and switch to bottle feeding.

Regardless of the type of incision, there is also sometimes a lasting impact on the appearance of women’s breasts when they have previously undergone augmentation. All women’s breasts will increase in size in response to birth and breast feeding. Afterward, when children transition to bottle feeding or to solid foods, breasts lose some of that size. In cases where women have had breast augmentation surgery, this subsequent loss in volume may cause the appearance of loose skin or significantly affect the appearance of the upper portions of their breasts.

Breast Reduction After Pregnancy

Breast reduction is different than augmentation because nothing artificial or foreign is added to the breasts during the procedure. This ultimately means that there is much less chance of the operation having a significant impact on a woman’s ability to breastfeed. However, women should consult with their physicians with regard to the location of incisions and the effect on the tissues surrounding the areolae.

Just like those of other women, the breasts of women who have undergone reduction will swell in size in response to hormones during and after pregnancy. This swelling will occur due to the arrival of the mother’s milk in the breast tissue. After breastfeeding stops, the breasts will lose most or all of the volume gained. This may result in some sagging, but this occurs even with breasts that have not been altered surgically.

The most important issue involved in this matter is the recovery time after surgery. Since breasts can undergo some transformation even early in a pregnancy, women should wait until recovery from surgery is complete before they become pregnant.  Many doctors will recommend waiting at least three months after either type of surgery to avoid any complications with breast augmentation after pregnancy.

Dr. Elizabeth Harris is retiring, she will no longer be doing surgeries, but she will be available for existing patients until January 31st, 2023.DIRECTIONS