Summary: Breast implants have been incredibly popular for decades; however there are still a lot of misconceptions about them. One of the most popular discussion points is when women start talking about pregnancy! Will they interfere with this? Will they make it so I can’t do that? As you will see there are a fair amount of myths out there; the question is whether they are true or false?
Although breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States (and many other countries), plenty of questions and misinformation still abound about the procedure’s compatibility with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Here, we’ll examine some of the most common myths about breast augmentation and pregnancy and give you some tips to ensure your surgery doesn’t interfere with your family plans.
Myth 1: Pregnancy will damage my implants.
False. Today’s breast implants are incredibly strong, and the rigors of pregnancy won’t damage their structural integrity. The amount of increased pressure on the implants as the breasts become engorged with milk is negligible. In fact, breast implants are designed specifically to withstand much more pressure than what’s caused by pregnancy.
Myth 2: Having implants will make my breast sag after pregnancy.
Not necessarily. The impacts of pregnancy on the breasts can vary a lot from woman to woman. Some “bounce right back” after pregnancy and breastfeeding, while others experience permanent sagging or loss of volume. Much of this sagging is dependent on the weight of the breasts, so it’s possible that breast implants, which make breasts heavier, may contribute to more or quicker sagging. However, this is by no means a “rule.” Plenty of women with implants have children and breastfeed without a significant amount of sagging. Other factors, such as skin tone and heredity, also play a role.
Myth 3: I won’t be able to breastfeed with implants.
Yes and no. Although breast augmentation may affect your ability to breastfeed, it’s not a guarantee. It depends on the particulars of your procedure. For example, according to their website, the physicians at Associated Plastic Surgeons typically warn against the periareolar incision for breast augmentation patients who’d like to breastfeed in the future. The incision, which goes around the areola, can affect the internal structures of the nipple, therefore affecting their breastfeeding functions. On the other hand, women who opt for other incisions — such as the transaxillary (armpit) or more common inframammary incision (along the crease beneath the breast) — often have more success with breastfeeding. Although there’s no way for a plastic surgeon to guarantee you’ll retain your ability to breastfeed following surgery, there are several measures he or she can take to help increase your odds.
Myth 4: It’s not safe to breastfeed with silicone implants.
False. Over the past 20 years, an array of scientists from different institutions around the world have conducted independent studies to evaluate the short- and long-term health effects of breast implants on breastfed children. In each study, they concluded that breastfeeding is safe for both the women with implants and their children, and there are no notable safety differences between saline and silicone implants, even in the unlikely event of a rupture.
If you’re considering breast augmentation but are wary of its effect on your future plans to become pregnant, you may be surprised by the possibilities available to you. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area today and learn how you can have the body you want without sacrificing your desires for your future family.