Breast Implants and Pregnancy

As most women know, breasts change throughout life, especially after pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Typically after pregnancy most women experience one of the following:  breasts get smaller (very common), they get bigger (common, especially with weight gain), or stay the same (less common). Lately, we’ve had several questions from our Newport Beach clientele regarding what will happen to breasts after pregnancy if they have had breast implants put in before they got pregnant. Can those typical changes still be expected?

Basically all women will experience engorgement of the breast and significant enlargement during pregnancy and lactation.  Now, if there is an implant present underneath the breast, the skin above the breast implant will likely stretch significantly.  Depending on age and health, the stretched out skin may or may not revert back to its pre-pregnancy state. A breast lift can solve most of these “stretched out skin” problems.

An upper pole deflation – that ski jump shape to the upper part of the breast often occurs in women with breast implants after pregnancy. We’ve had other clients in Newport Beach who also have severe ptosis (a.k.a. droopy breasts) after pregnancy.  Sometimes there will just be changes to the nipple areolar complex (NAC), with a darker color, wider areola (the colored part around the nipple) and enlargement of the nipple.

If possible, it may be best to wait until you’re done having children before getting breast implants but it’s definitely not necessary and is often not practical either – sometimes surprises happen! In general many women have breast implant long time prior to pregnancy. Occasionally family history can give you an idea of how your breasts will behave after pregnancy – did your mom or sisters have droopy breasts after pregnancy? If so, you may need a breast lift after pregnancy anyways so getting breast implants before pregnancy may not make a difference in the long run.  If however, pregnancy didn’t cause too much droop in your family members’ breasts just a little volume loss, you may want to wait and get implants after pregnancy to fill in the breasts and avoid having to get a breast lift too.

If you are in the Newport Beach area and have any questions at all regarding breast implants, contact our office today we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation and find the best option for you and your lifestyle.