Pregnancy and childbirth bring dramatic changes to a woman’s body. Even with the amazing gift of a healthy baby, the changes to the body can be very discouraging for many women. The body does not automatically “snap back” into its pre-pregnancy shape after childbirth, and the breasts often bear the brunt of these negative changes. Breasts may shrink, sag, become overly fatty, or develop ugly stretch marks. These kinds of issues won’t generally self-correct, even if a woman is very diligent about eating healthy and exercise. For this reason, a post-pregnancy breast augmentation is a popular procedure today.
How Soon Can I Have Surgery After Pregnancy?
After you give birth, it is generally recommended that you wait six months before scheduling breast surgery. Every patient is different, so the time frame should be discussed with Dr. Patterson before you make a decision. Several things may alter that six month timeline, as well. Consider the following things:
- Whether you’re still breastfeeding
- Whether you plan to have more children
- Whether you still have some baby weight to lose
Should I Wait Until I’m Done Having Kids?
This is an individual choice, and some women do choose to get a breast augmentation in between children or before they have their first child. While you can certainly enjoy great results with this, it is important to keep in mind that pregnancy can change the breasts dramatically, with or without implants. The breast implants may look completely different after pregnancy and childbirth. Thus, women who plan to get pregnant in the next year or so may want to wait until after they have given birth to consider the surgery.
Will a Breast Augmentation Interfere With Breastfeeding Later?
In the great majority of cases, a breast augmentation will not cause issues with breastfeeding later. As long as a woman’s breasts were able to produce milk prior to the surgery, that will not change with the addition of implants. In fact, there are no scientific studies that have demonstrated any correlation between breast implants and problems with breastfeeding. Put simply, breast implants change the way your breasts look, but not the way that they work.
Will I Need a Breast Lift, a Breast Augmentation, or Both?
A breast lift and a breast augmentation are sometimes confused, but they are actually two completely different things. A breast augmentation is ideal for women who have noticed significant volume loss following pregnancy and childbirth. While the breast augmentation surgery will restore lost volume to the breasts, it doesn’t change the position of the breasts on the chest cavity. Thus, if the breasts have started to sag following childbirth, a breast augmentation will not correct that.
However, a breast lift is ideal for repositioning the breast tissue, which will in turn restore perkiness to the breasts. Many women find that after childbirth they not only lose volume, but also firmness. For this reason, many women choose to have both a breast augmentation and a breast lift at the same time. The combination of the two surgeries can give you the beautiful, firm, and sag-free breasts you want.
Recovery Tips For The Busy Mom
One of the biggest challenges for any mom who plans this surgery may be how to recover while having kids to care for. This is one time that it is very important to accept help with the kids. It is imperative that you have round the clock help for a minimum of 24 hours -and ideally 48 hours – after your surgery. Plan for someone to stay with the children during the surgery, and for someone to take you home and care for you afterwards. If possible, have one person to care for the kids and a different person to care for you in the first day or two.
As a mom, it’s only natural to lift and hold your children. However, you’ll have to resist this urge, at least for a while, after breast surgery. Dr. Patterson will give you specific instructions based on your child’s weight, and it is vital that you follow these guidelines to avoid stressing the incision sites. Even lifting children of only around 20 or 25 pounds can cause undue pressure on the surgery sites. There are plenty of ways to maintain close contact with the kids without lifting them. For example, have toddlers climb into bed with you for story time, or snuggle up on the couch together to watch television. In most cases, breast surgery patients are able to lift again after around three to four weeks.
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