Breast augmentation: before or after having kids?

26 November 2017 / / Breast lift

Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure to increase the size of the breasts. The procedure involves the insertion of silicone or saline implants inside the breasts and conducted under general anesthesia. The implants can be placed underneath the breast muscle or below it. What type of implants will be used depends on your aesthetic goals and your doctor’s recommendation. The surgery can be completed in 1-2 hours.

Your plastic surgeon will take two important things into account when assessing your candidacy for the procedure: pregnancy and breastfeeding. These two factors can negatively affect the results achieved with breast augmentation. This is the reason why plastic surgeons always advise their patients to undergo breast augmentation only after having kids and stopping breastfeeding.

Hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy lead to an increase in breast volume. Moreover, your breast may become loose during breastfeeding. The ligaments responsible for lifting your breasts are stretched during pregnancy and nursing, which creates saggy breasts after childbirth.

Breast augmentation surgery should be performed when you have no further plan of having kids. This will ensure sustainable and better aesthetic results. Moreover, if you get pregnant unexpectedly after having a breast augmentation, it can have a negative impact on the surgery’s results.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery intervention to add projection and make the breasts appear fuller and shapely. Women who have smaller or flatter breasts mostly seek a breast augmentation procedure to increase the size of their breasts. Also, women who have loose or asymmetrical breasts can enhance their breasts after undergoing a breast augmentation procedure.

Beginning in adolescence, women start considering their breasts as one of the most important elements to their physical beauty. Having smaller and flatter breasts can be a source of emotional and psychological distress for many women, as breasts symbolize femininity, fertility, and physical beauty. Many women want to have prominent and perky breasts, which breast augmentation surgery can provide.

You should not undergo breast augmentation just to please someone else. Only go for the surgery as a last resort and only when the procedure’s benefits are greater than the associated risks for you. Furthermore, if you are planning to have more children, you should postpone your plan to undergo breast augmentation surgery.

Why should you undergo breast augmentation only after having kids?

Your breasts undergo numerous changes from adolescence to pregnancy and breastfeeding. While the changes may differ from one patient to another, majority of patients experience decrease in the size of the breasts, apart from sagging.

As each patient has a unique physical makeup, you should decide to undergo the breast augmentation procedure only if your plastic surgeon thinks that the benefits are greater. Furthermore, your complete health history will be examined to see the degree of risks for you. The treatment can be custom-tailored to each patient’s aesthetic goals and physical needs.

Breast augmentation surgery is an optional intervention, meaning you should not go for it if the risks are higher for you. The procedure is only for women who have smaller, flatter, or sagging breasts. You must be at least 18 years of age to be a good candidate for saline breast implants and at least 22 years of age to qualify for silicone breast implants.

Many surgeons will also advise you to perform the surgery after pregnancy and nursing. Pregnancy and nursing are two powerful factors that can introduce changes to the volume, fullness, and shape of your breasts, so make the right decision when considering breast augmentation surgery.

Whether you decide to breastfeed or not, you will be required to wait for at least one year after childbirth to be able to undergo breast augmentation. During this time, your breasts will stabilize and the surgeon will be able to deliver better aesthetic results.

Breast augmentation and nursing

Breast augmentation surgery has no effect on the baby and the procedure does not pose any risk to future pregnancies. Furthermore, the implants do not always interfere with your nursing capability. However, the surgical trauma and injury to the milk ducts can make nursing difficult for some mothers. Research indicates that the silicone content of breast implants have no effect on the quality of the mother’s milk.

Breast augmentation surgery can be a feasible option for patients who are in overall good health and have reasonable aesthetic goals. You can choose to undergo the procedure any time, but surgeons recommend patients to have their last pregnancy before going under the knife.


Breast augmentation is an effective plastic surgery procedure to increase the size of your breasts and make them appear fuller and shapely. While many patients choose to undergo the surgery after having kids, there are others who decide to go under the knife without worrying about pregnancy or nursing.

Pregnancy and nursing can contravene the results achieved with breast augmentation, as the breasts can start to sag and become loose again in future. During pregnancy the weight of the breasts increases, which exerts pressure on the ligaments. After childbirth and breastfeeding, the breasts start to sag.

Breast augmentation surgery can help restore your pre-pregnancy breasts. If you undergo breast augmentation before pregnancy to increase the size of your breasts, you will be required to undergo a corrective surgery after childbirth as pregnancy and nursing negatively affect the breast augmentation’s results.


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