Breast augmentation patients may feel uncertain about the lifespan of their implants and whether pregnancy can affect them. Pregnancy and childbirth enact many changes in a woman’s body, particularly in the breasts. Here’s what you need to know about pregnancy and breast implants.
Pregnancy Should Not Damage Your Implants
While pregnancy can cause the breasts to change, your implants should remain unaffected. As long as your surgeon has placed the implants well and your implants have not undergone any excess strain or damages, they should remain in place throughout and after your pregnancy.
Implants Do Not Prevent Additional Changes in the Breasts
At the same time, implants are no insurance that your breasts won’t continue to change with age, weight fluctuations and, of course, pregnancy. During pregnancy, your breasts will undergo physical changes regardless of whether you have implants or not.
One common change is increased sagging, or ptosis. This frequently occurs as a result of pregnancy because the breasts become engorged with milk, expanding the surrounding skin and tissue. After weaning, the breast gland diminishes, which can leave the breasts with a deflated appearance. If you have implants, the breasts may still sag, but the implant will likely stay in place, meaning the breast tissue will sag off the implant. This can be corrected with a breast lift at least a few months after weaning.
Update Your Implants to Regain a Pre-Pregnancy Figure
In addition to a breast lift to correct sagging, women can update their implants after pregnancy to regain their pre-pregnancy figure. A simple boost in size can fill out breasts that appear deflated, while a lift combined with implants can help ensure a youthful shape and position.