Breast Augmentation and Pregnancy

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Of the numerous breast augmentation questions our Phoenix-area practice, Gawley Plastic Surgery receives regarding breast surgery, many of them deal with pregnancy.

Our breast surgeon will be happy to answer all of your questions, both during your initial consultation and throughout your breast augmentation experience. Still, as you research the procedure a brief overview on various topics related to pregnancy and breast augmentation might be helpful to you.

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How Our Breast Surgeon Can Help After Your Pregnancy

While pregnancy is tremendously rewarding, it also has certain negative effects on your body. Your breasts are often dramatically affected by both pregnancy and breastfeeding.
After you’ve finished breastfeeding your child, you might find that pregnancy and breastfeeding have caused:

  • Sagging
  • Lost volume
  • Loose skin

Every pregnancy is unique, and you might find that your experience is different.
If, after your pregnancy, you find that you are dissatisfied with the new look, shape and feel of your breasts, our breast surgeon can help restore the youth and vitality you lost during the process.
A breast augmentation combined with a breast lift is often used as part of a mommy makeover to give you larger, fuller, firmer breasts. This can be a crucial component in bolstering your self-confidence and restoring much of the natural firmness and vitality your breasts might have lost during the pregnancy.

Pregnancy After a Breast Augmentation

As a general rule it is usually a good idea to postpone a breast augmentation until after you have finished having children. Women who have undergone a breast augmentation are every bit as capable of having a child as other women; however, because pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your breasts it can negatively affect the results of your procedure and make it harder to see the benefits of a breast augmentation.

Still, sometimes it’s impossible to fully plan out what will happen in life, and women who have breast implants should not worry about their effects on pregnancy. There’s no evidence that a breast augmentation will change the course of your pregnancy or the health of your child in any way.
The final concern many women have regards nursing with breast implants. The vast majority of women who undergo a breast augmentation find they have no trouble breastfeeding, while some women are incapable of breastfeeding with or without an augmentation.

However, there is a small risk that your implants will interfere with your ability to breastfeed. If this is a concern for you, be sure to discuss it with our breast surgeon. He’ll walk you through the breast implant options that will minimize this risk.

While study results on the consequences of incision location for breastfeeding are mixed, some doctors believe a periareolar incision, which is made in the dark skin around your nipples, could increase the risk of breastfeeding difficulties.

You might also want to consider a sub-muscular instead of a subglandular implant placement.
If you’re a Phoenix, Arizona woman looking for a skilled and compassionate breast surgeon, please contact Gawley Plastic Surgery today to arrange a consultation.

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Dr. Gawley is one of the premiere plastic surgeons in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body, and face. Dr. Gawley combines his extensive training and state-of-the-art technology to provide his patients with personalized care and natural results.

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We want you to get the most out of your consultation. If at all possible, it is best to make arrangements for small children to stay home rather than having them join us for your appointments.