Post-Pregnancy Breast Augmentation

Post Pregnancy Surgery

There are many different reasons that a woman will wish to have breast surgery. Perhaps they have always had underdeveloped breasts, perhaps they have too much breast tissue and wish to reduce it to make themselves more comfortable. Perhaps they are looking for the confidence boost that breast surgery can achieve. One very common reason for surgery is because the woman has gone through a pregnancy and perhaps breastfeeding and they wish to regain their pre-pregnancy figure.

Why Consider Breast Augmentation Following Pregnancy?

Watch Mr David Floyd, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital, explain why some women choose to have a breast augmentation following pregnancy:


Video Transcript

"The next group as we go through, the patients who are always happy with their breasts but after having children they have found that they have lost volume and they are a bit disappointed with how their breasts are left after children, breastfeeding, and decided they’d like to have breast implants to make them how they used to be. That’s usually the mid to late 20s to mid to late 30s age group."

Mr David Floyd, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital


Types Of Breast Surgery

  • Breast augmentation - For women who have breast augmentation, it's usually because they're unhappy with the size of their breasts and feel it's affecting their confidence and desirability in the eyes of the opposite sex. Women may opt for a breast augmentation post pregnancy to improve the perkiness of their breasts.
  • Breast reduction - For women who get breast reduction, it's usually because the large size of their breasts makes them feel self-conscious or because they're suffering from back pain and other health problems. Often it's a combination of the two. During pregnancy, the breasts become larger and this can be the cue for some women to opt for breast reduction post pregnancy.
  • Breast lift - Breast lifts are used to restore the natural volume and shape of the breasts. Pregnancy can have some unfortunate side effects that affect the appearance of your body, one of them being sagging breasts. A breast lift addresses this problem directly, which is why it's such a popular post-pregnancy procedure.

How Long Should I Wait After Pregnancy?

  • Have you regained your pre-pregnancy weight? - It's always recommended that you gain your pre-pregnancy weight before considering breast surgery. Your weight has a considerable impact on the appearance of your breasts so it's not until you're back to your normal weight that you can make an informed decision. The amount of time needed to get back to pre-pregnancy will vary and can take up to a year for some women.
  • Are you still breast feeding? - Breast surgery that involves implants is never recommended whilst you're still breast feeding and any reputable surgeon will not even consider it. The reason for this is that it's very difficult to have implants when the breasts are still producing milk and the risk of infection increases drastically. A woman who has been through a pregnancy and breast feeding is usually advised to wait around nine months to a year before having surgery.
  • Are you suffering from post natal depression? - If you're suffering from post natal depression then it's not a good idea to have breast surgery. You will be expected to see a counsellor at your chosen clinic before the surgery will be approved.

How Do I Decide If Breast Surgery Is The Right Option?

If you're unhappy with your post-pregnancy figure and have considered the points above, you still might be conflicted about whether to go ahead with surgery. Cosmetic surgery is certainly not something to make a snap decision on. You should take your own feelings into account and also ask for the opinion of your friends and family.

One of the best ways to help you decide if breast surgery is right for you is to book a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. This will give you the chance to have any of your concerns addressed and also have the procedure you're considering explained to you in detail. If you're considering implants, then you'll also be able to compare the different types of implants that are available.

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What Is A Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a term that's used by a growing number of cosmetic surgeons, particular those in the United States, to describe a set of procedures that address post-pregnancy body issues. A mommy makeover typically consists of a tummy tuck, breast enhancement and liposuction.

Whilst breast surgery is part of a mommy makeover, it's not a synonymous term. In truth, a mommy makeover is not necessary for most women, especially once they've returned to their pre-pregnancy weight. The term can make it sound appealing but for most women, breast surgery addresses their main concern.

What If I'm Planning To Have More Children?

In an ideal world, you should wait until you've made a definitive decision to not have any more children before getting breast surgery. Of course, this isn't always practical as many women want to get their figure back but aren't ready to make such a big decision regarding their future.

The truth is that in most cases having breast surgery will not impact your ability to breast feed any future children. Of course, there are exceptions to this and for some women, having breast surgery can affect their ability to produce milk.

Ultimately, having breast surgery is not a decision to make lightly. Post-pregnancy can be a very stressful time as any new mother will attest to and therefore it's much better to wait for 9 months to a year after you've given birth before making a decision. This way you can see how you feel about your body then and make an informed choice as to whether breast surgery is a good idea for you.

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