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Reader Question: Breast Implants Before Pregnancy?

Posted Jul 17 2009 12:00am

Reader Question:

I really want breast implants, but should I wait until after having children to have surgery?

There is no one right answer here and much of this is a matter of opinion. Your “right” answer may depend upon a few things:

When you want to get pregnant? If it is soon, I would wait.
Pregnancy can change the breasts particularly if you decide to breastfeed. This can make surgery other than implant placement a consideration.

Would you mind having breast surgery more than once?
Implant placement followed by pregnancy may put changes into the breast that could make you consider more surgery later.

Do you want to breast feed?
Breast feeding can be negatively affected by breast implantation at least theoretically.

Having surgery followed by pregnancy can affect your decisions later. If you are OK with that, then go ahead. Do let your surgeon know if you are planning this however, as he or she can discuss options in your implant surgery that may be helpful to you later for example limiting the possible negative effects on breast feeding.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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