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Summary: Our culture is one with a strong impulse towards instant gratification. We want what we want and we want it now. But if you’re considering a breast augmentation surgery, you might have to think about balancing your desire for instant gratification with the likelihood of someday having children. Pregnancy is incredibly stressful on your body, and nursing can have an impact on the longevity of your results. So it’s not surprising that many women struggle with deciding whether they should undergo a breast augmentation before or after they have children.

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Popular for All Ages

Others have mentioned before that breast augmentation is consistently one of the most popular procedures in all of cosmetic plastic surgery. What’s even more interesting about this particular operation, however, is its broad appeal across a wide range of women and ages. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or 41 or 50—breast augmentation is still a popular procedure. It’s true that, increasingly, women of older ages opt for the simpler breast lift, but not exclusively. The fact of the matter is that breast augmentation is among the most equal opportunity cosmetic plastic surgeries out there—and women of all ages participate.

The Big Question

Because many women elect to become mothers during their lives, this raises the question of whether you should undergo a breast augmentation or enhancement before or after your time having children. On the one hand, many women—especially those who are in their twenties—want to enjoy their larger breasts and the confidence that comes with them as soon as possible. You could get five or ten or fifteen extra years of enjoyment out of the procedure if you undergo your breast augmentation before you have children. But then you have to grapple with the question of how breast implants might be effected during pregnancy.

No Impact on Fertility

It’s necessary to point out that implants have no effect on your fertility. In other words, they will not make it harder for you to get pregnant. And most women retain full nipple sensation and the ability to nurse after an augmentation (that said, it’s uncommon but not unheard of for a woman to lose her ability to nurse, so that may factor into your decision).

The Issue of Sag

The main reason why a plastic surgeon might recommend waiting until after you’ve had children to get a breast augmentation has to do with the way that pregnancy and nursing might change your breasts. This tissue may be extended, saggy, or lose elasticity. Additionally, your breasts tend to change shape during pregnancy—especially, again, when it comes to sagging. And the reason why surgeons might recommend waiting is that, to preserve the effect of the original surgery, you might require additional surgery—a breast lift or an augmentation revision—to maintain your look.

Is Extra Surgery Cool with You?

If the thought of extra surgery—and the capital required to achieve it (it’s not cheap is what I’m saying)—doesn’t bother you, then there’s no reason to go for it now and get all of the years you can from it. In fact, many women take advantage of that time after pregnancy, when a revision or a lift is needed, to change the size of their implants or make other changes.

Protecting Your Investment

In many ways, however, cosmetic surgery is an investment—not only of time and of energy, but of money. And it’s an investment that you want to protect for as long as you can. So for some women, it makes a lot of sense to wait until after they’ve decided to stop having children to undergo breast augmentation. They might not get as many years out of the procedure based purely on mathematics, but they still get a good long time to enjoy their implants—and they don’t have to worry about any more procedures down the line (at least, until the lifespan on their implant wears out).

Pregnancy

It’s also worth noting that many women elect to have breast augmentation surgery until after they’re done having children because they were perfectly happy with their breasts before pregnancy. The process of conceiving and bringing to bear a child is one of the most traumatic a woman goes through in her life, and often it can be especially taxing on the breasts. So many women only desire a breast augmentation after they’ve had children.

Communication is a Good Thing

This is, of course, a conversation you should have with your plastic surgeon. Some decisions in plastic surgery don’t matter too much: should you get your breast augmentation in Clear Lake or in Austin? (The doctor matters more.) But it doesn’t hurt to know what you want out of your breast enhancements and when you want it. It also doesn’t hurt to know the pros and cons of each course of action. Once you decide, however, you’re ready to start on your journey towards the breasts you want.

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