What happens to your breast implants during pregnancy and after birth?
Breast Augmentation and Pregnancy
There are many factors involved; there are different sizes and shapes of implants available that can make a big difference.
If you have a small body frame you may be a candidate for a high profile implant. Depending on the width of your chest will determine how large you can go.
Sometimes having implants alone will give a great result. Many times though a breast lift may be needed if there is too much laxity in the skin, you don’t want your nipples pointing to your toes.
Another thing to consider, it is possible that if you have more children you may need to have your surgery redone.
It is important to have a consultation with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to determine what your options are for fuller perkier breasts. (Miguel Delgado, MD, San Francisco Plastic Surgeon)
Perkier, fuller breasts with implants
After breast feeding the breast size often decreases ( i.e.postpartum breast atrophy ). An experienced plastic surgeon would examine and measure you first, to best assess what is most attractive for your body. Frequently, an individually selected implant can result in perkier, fuller breasts. Occasionally a breast lift may also be needed. (George John Alexander, MD, FACS, Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon)
Breast Implants for fuller, perkier breasts
Breast implants will certainly help correct the post-pregnancy deflation you’ve experienced, but the question is whether or not you also need a breast lift. If your nipple is in good position, than you will probably get the fuller, perkier breasts you desire from implants alone.
However, if your nipples point downward, you made need a lift to restore proper nipple position along with implants to restore the lost volume. (Amy M. Sprole, MD, Wichita Plastic Surgeon)
Breast implants might make saggy breasts look full again.
After pregnancy, volume loss can be corrected with breast implants and ptosis (droopiness) can be camouflaged. This is not applicable in all patients – it depends upon the degree of ptosis. When implants alone won’t solve the problem, a breast lift (mastopexy) will be necessary. (Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon)
Treating breast deflation after pregnancy
Many women experience volume loss after having children, especially if they breast fed. In many cases this requires a breast lift in combination with an augmentation.
This will help replace the volume, as well as, tighten the skin of the breast and raise the height of the nipple. A plastic surgeon will be able to offer guidance on the best procedure to address your concerns. (Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS, Midlothian Plastic Surgeon)
Implants make breasts fuller, but they won’t lift the breast
If you need a breast lift, then you need a breast lift – whether you add an implant or not. An implant will give you more fullness. The breast lift (if you need it) will reshape and tighten the skin. (Carmen Kavali, MD, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon)
Breast lift with Implants
After breastfeeding many breasts deflate. If you just lifted the breasts without an implant your size would definitely be smaller because most of your breast may be skin at this point. Also there will be very little superior fullness after just a lift. In order to give fullness and a great shape, the way to go is to combine the lift with an implant. (Kari L. Colen, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)
You may benefit from Breast Augmentation
After pregnancy the breasts do deflate. It sounds like you may benefit from a breast augmentation with or without a lift. This can be determined after a thorough exam. (Steven Wallach, MD, Manhattan Plastic Surgeon)
Sounds like implants plus a lift to me.
You would probably benefit from a lift of some sort with implants. It really depends upon where things are and where you want them to be.
Lesser lifts lift less, but with lesser scarring. Be careful of just going with large implants as that is an invitation to go back to the operating room in a few years for the lift you might have had before.
Gravity always wins to an extent and it really seems to pull down big implants in saggy breasts. (John P. Di Saia, MD, Orange Plastic Surgeon)