Breastfeeding, Implants & Sagging

Posted by administration on November 6, 2013

One question many women who have breast implants wonder about is whether or not they can – or should – breastfeed their babies. Many women are able to successfully breastfeed their babies even though they have implants. However, when a woman has invested in breast augmentation, she typically wants to ensure that the choices she makes will help to maintain her appearance. Questions about breast sagging as a result of breastfeeding are a common concern.

A new study called “The Effect of Breastfeeding on Breast Ptosis Following Augmentation Mammaplasty,” has shown that breastfeeding does not appear to have an impact on breast sagging in women who have had breast augmentation. The study followed women with breast augmentation: 57 patients who breastfed and 62 patients who did not. There was not a significant degree of change in breast sagging between the two groups of women.

This is not to say that women who have breast implants will not experience breast sagging after pregnancy; this is a normal after-effect of pregnancy. Most women experience some degree of breast sagging after pregnancy, whether or not they breastfeed.

Breastfeeding is a very personal choice, and each new mother must weigh the pros and cons of breastfeeding and make her own decision.

If you have questions about having breast augmentation before or after pregnancy, contact plastic surgeon Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule a Cosmetic Consultation in Denver. 

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