The question of breast augmentation with implants before or after childbirth is one of the most popular. It is he who is most often asked at the initial consultations with a plastic surgeon. We decided to sort out all the details of the issue together with the famous plastic surgeon Plakhotin Vladimir Nikolaevich.
Why is it changing?
The female breast is primarily a hormone-dependent organ. Depending on the individual characteristics of your cycle, the breasts may lose or gain volume, which, of course, affects changes in the shape of the breasts in the future. Unfortunately, your breasts may not look the way you want them to be at a fairly young age. For example, some women experience the first manifestations of ptosis (sagging mammary glands) already at the age of 25 (read also: "Age-related changes in the breast: what should you know about them and how to deal with them?").
In addition, constant fluctuations in weight affect the shape of the breast: they gained a little, and the breast becomes lush, they shed it, there is not a trace of the previous volume. As a result, the desire to look beautiful and sexy pushes many of the fair sex to put their breasts in order by means of plastic surgery.
At this stage, the question of childbirth becomes relevant: if you have not yet given birth, but want to, or have already become a mother, but are planning a new pregnancy, then what about the operation? How can premature breast augmentation (if at all) affect childbearing, and isn't it better to address aesthetic issues after the baby is born?
It is definitely worth increasing it before motherhood, if you are really worried about the appearance of your breast, and you definitely do not plan to have a baby in the next year. There are no contraindications for giving birth to a child and then breastfeeding in women who have augmented their breasts by endoprosthetics. But there are a number of nuances that are important to remember if you decide on this.
What should be considered?
- At least six months should pass between the breast augmentation surgery and the planned pregnancy, since the body needs to fully recover after a major surgery.
- Pregnancy and lactation in women after mammoplasty proceed in the same way as in those who did not resort to correction. The breast will also ache, increase in size, prepare for the reproduction of milk. Implants have no effect on all these processes: they are placed under the pectoral muscle, therefore, they do not affect the milk ducts. The very process of lactation depends on the production of hormones.
- The birth of a child strikes a tangible blow to the shape and size of the breast - this fact is widely known. As it was, it will no longer be, and all women understand this. However, immediately after the birth of a child, it is impossible to restore volumes. From this moment a certain amount of time must pass - at least six months: during this period, the breast will take its final shape. If you are a supporter of natural feeding, it is better to think about mammoplasty 6 months after the end of lactation.
- Often a woman does not dare to enlarge her breasts, because she thinks that her breasts will change after pregnancy, so there is no point in the operation. In fact, it is impossible to predict how your breasts will behave after the birth of a baby. In most cases, patients do not need re-correction of their breasts.
If you are not letting go of the question of the safety of implants for your body and the future baby, then they undergo all the necessary research, guaranteeing not only their absolute safety, but also high strength. Before deciding on an operation, ask your surgeon which implants he is going to work with. Be sure to read reviews about these implants on the Internet, find all the information on them. Do not skimp on your health, choose only high-quality implants that have passed certification, have been repeatedly tested - this is really important (read also: "Advice from a plastic surgeon: how to choose breast implants")
Having implants in your breasts makes you even more responsible for yourself and your future children. Once a year, you will have to do an ultrasound of the mammary glands or undergo an MRI scan to rule out any possible complications, and this will teach you to pay more attention to yourself and keep your finger on the pulse of your own health.
An important advice for all girls who decide to enlarge their breasts before the birth of a child: when taking tests and passing the necessary examinations before the operation, do not forget to donate blood for hCG. Anything happens in life: there may be chances that the operation will still have to be postponed, since you will soon become a mother.
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