This is a very good question, and an important one in deciding when to get your breast implants. If you are planning on having children in the immediate future–in the next year or so–then it’s probably a good idea to wait. If, on the other hand, you have no immediate plans for having children, then here are the factors to consider in making your decision:
Breast implants have no impact on your fertility. The FDA’s recent statement based on 10-year studies of silicone breast implants confirms what other studies have already proven: breast implants do not increase your risk of miscarriage or make it harder to conceive a child.
Breast implants do not impact the health of your baby. Again, studies based on thousands of women’s experiences show there is no increased risk of any type of birth defect associated with either silicone or saline breast implants. This even goes for breastfed infants.
Pregnancy might impact your breast augmentation results. Pregnancy can impact the quality of your breast augmentation results, but it won’t necessarily. The majority of women with breast implants are still happy with their results after pregnancy. The factors that determine whether your results will be impacted include: your age at the time of pregnancy, the age of your implants at the time of pregnancy, the characteristics of your breast tissue, and the extent of changes your breasts undergo during pregnancy. The latter is really impossible to predict, but you can talk to women in your family about their experiences to get an idea of what to expect. Breastfeeding does not generally impact your breast augmentation results.
Breast implants and breastfeeding. Some women are naturally unable to breastfeed, and most women with breast implants are able to successfully breastfeed. But studies have shown that some women with breast implants might be unable to breastfeed. Results presented at a recent plastic surgery conference suggest that the primary factor is psychological—nearly 90% of women unable to breastfeed with implants believed that breastfeeding would affect their results. But as we know breast feeding does not usually affect your breast augmentation results.
During your consultation, we will discuss these and other factors to help you make the right decision about timing your breast augmentation. To schedule a consultation at either of our Atlanta-area locations, please contact Marietta Plastic Surgery today.