Post-Pregnancy Breast Augmentation
Pregnancy can cause your breasts to permanently change in size and shape, causing feelings of unhappiness and embarrassment. This leads many women to undergo breast augmentation surgery after having a child.
There are three main types of breast enlargement surgery performed on post-pregnant women: breast implant surgery, breast uplift surgery and fat transfer breast surgery. The type that is best for you will depend on what you want to achieve from your boob job.
Bear in mind that you should wait at least six months after giving birth until you have breast augmentation surgery, and should consider delaying the procedure if you are planning on having more children.
Why Should I Consider Having A Boob Job After Pregnancy?
Having a baby can take its toll on a mother’s body. Changes to a woman’s physique during and after pregnancy can be dramatic, and this can lead to feelings of embarrassment and low self-esteem. One area of the body that can undergo the most significant change is the breasts. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause them to become smaller, deflated, uneven or droopy. Many women find that these changes to their breasts are often irreversible, despite efforts to restore a pre-pregnancy figure. For this reason, some mothers decide to have a boob job after having a child in order to enhance the size and shape of their breasts and regain their confidence.
Types of Breast Augmentation Surgery
There are three main types of breast augmentation surgery. Which one you’ll have will depend on what results you’d like to achieve from a boob job, as well as the current size and shape of your breasts. If you are unsure, your surgeon will be able to advise you on which type of surgery is best for you during your consultation. The three main types of breast augmentation surgery are:
- Implants: breast implants are made of a soft silicone shell filled with either a sterile saline (salt water) solution or a runny silicone gel. They are inserted into your breasts and placed either on top of your chest muscle, or beneath it. Breast implant surgery is ideal for mothers with deflated or uneven breasts who want to enhance both their size and shape.
- Uplift: pregnancy and breastfeeding can result in sagging or drooping breasts. A breast uplift helps restore the natural volume and shape of the breasts without the use of an implant. Your breasts will be rounder and more pert, but will not necessarily look bigger. A breast uplift is an ideal choice if you don’t wish to increase the size of your bust, but would like it to be perkier.
- Fat Transfer: in this procedure, excess fat is extracted from elsewhere in the body using liposuction and is injected into the breasts to give them more volume and a better shape. This is ideal if you have post-pregnancy weight on your stomach, hips or thighs that you can’t shift through diet and exercise, as the surgery has the double benefit of slimming down some areas whilst adding size to the breasts.
How Long Should I Wait After Pregnancy?
It is recommended that you wait at least six months after pregnancy before you undergo breast augmentation surgery. Reasons for this delay include:
- Getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight: it is recommended that you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight before you consider having breast enlargement surgery. This is because your weight can have a considerable impact on the appearance of your breasts. Getting back to your ‘normal’ physique means that you’re more likely to make an informed decision about whether you want a boob job or not. The amount of time needed to get back to pre-pregnancy weight will vary between mothers, but for some it can take up to one year.
- Breastfeeding: having a boob job that involves inserting artificial implants into your breasts is never recommended whilst you are breastfeeding. Producing milk increases the complexity of the surgery and compromises your safety since the risk of infection is much higher. If you are breastfeeding your child, you should wait until you finish and your breasts have stopped lactating before you have breast enlargement surgery.
- Postnatal depression: if you’re suffering from post-natal depression, it is not recommended that you have a boob job since it is likely that your ability to make a rational decision will be compromised. Most clinics will usually require you to meet with a counsellor before the surgery is carried out to assess whether you are a suitable candidate. In most cases, you will need to wait until you have recovered from postnatal depression before having breast augmentation surgery.
Things To Consider Before Having Breast Augmentation Surgery
It can take several weeks to recover from breast augmentation surgery, during which time you will need to get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activity. Being a mother is a very hands-on job that requires a lot of effort and hard work, especially when raising babies and small children. Because of this, you might find that your commitment to childcare interferes with your ability to recover from the surgery. Consequently, this can increase your risk of post-surgery complications. Before deciding to have post-pregnancy breast augmentation, we recommend that you carefully consider these questions first:
- Will there be somebody to help you out with your baby or small children whilst you’re having surgery and during your recovery?
- Do you have older children to consider too? Will you be able to arrange for them to be dropped off and picked up from school and any after school clubs whilst you recover?
- You won’t be able to pick up or carry your children whilst you are recovering from surgery – could this interfere with your bonding? Will your children understand that they won’t be able to climb up on you for a cuddle or story time?
How Much Does It Cost?
The exact cost of breast augmentation surgery will vary between patients depending on a number of factors including the type of surgery you have and the private clinic you attend. Below we have provided the average cost of the three main types of breast augmentation surgery in the UK:
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Bear in mind that these are only guide prices. To get an exact idea of how much the procedure will cost you, it is best to book a consultation at a private cosmetic surgery clinic. They will be able to provide you with a personalized price after assessing what you hope to achieve from the breast augmentation surgery. Consultations are often free meaning that you can shop around to find the right price for you.
If you are concerned that you cannot afford breast augmentation surgery, most clinics offer their patients the option of paying for the procedure on finance. This typically involves you paying an upfront deposit, followed by small monthly payments at a fixed amount over a pre-agreed period of time. This is typically 12, 24, 36 or 48 months. If you think that you could benefit from financial assistance, talk to your patient coordinator who will be able to discuss with you your options. To find out more about paying for your breast augmentation surgery on finance, visit our boob job finance page.
What If I Want To Have More Children?
Breast augmentation surgery does not provide insurance against further changes to your breasts as a result of pregnancy. If you do have a boob job and then have another child, it is likely that your breasts’ appearance will undergo permanent changes making your breast surgery redundant. This may mean that you will need to have surgery again in the future to achieve your desired bust. Since breast augmentation surgery is expensive, it is important that you carefully consider whether you want to have more children in the future before going ahead with the procedure. If you plan to get pregnant again, it is best to delay having a boob job until you no longer want children.