A mothers guide to the top 5 questions asked to our breast and plastic surgeons about having children before and after cosmetic surgery.
In life, some say timing is everything. When it comes to having cosmetic surgery, us women have some fairly important decisions to make in terms of whether a baby should be welcomed to the world before or after our new boobs and flat tummies!
There are so many questions that our breast & plastic surgeons get from mums wanting a post-baby rejuvenation or ladies planning their families. Let’s answer those top 5 questions so we can get the fresher, more youthful look we all want from cosmetic surgery, without any extra risk.
1.) Can I breastfeed my child after having implants? And is it safe?
This has got to be the most frequently asked question regarding babies and boob jobs as we try to get our pre-baby bodies back! There are two main reasons we want to know the answer to this question, obviously we want to know whether it is possible and that it is safe to breastfeed our children following the insertion of implants.
We are well aware that breastfeeding is the best option for supporting babies growth, and it can also help to strip those extra pounds we might have piled on after eating one too many chocolate muffins because we’ve been ‘eating for two’.
Now for the good news you wanted to hear: as a rule of thumb we can breastfeed after having implants. Hooray!
Generally in the majority of boob jobs the incision is made within the inframammary incision, which sits in the crease below the breast. If the implant itself is positioned behind the pectoral muscle, then you will most likely be able to breastfeed your children, as everything will remain where it should be. Similarly for implants over the muscle too.
On the other hand, if your having breast surgery involving an incision made close to or around the areola – if you are keen to breastfeed after pregnancy, you may want to think twice. There is always a risk to surgery that some of the ducts can be damaged or restricted from the incisions or from implants being inserted which would obviously squeeze and push things about. What heightens the risk even more by having this type of incision, is the fact that you can’t tell if breastfeeding will be affected until you actually start breastfeeding! It’s only a risk, but something to consider.
Mr Krishnan, an expert Consultant Breast Surgeon for Pall Mall Cosmetics says “There shouldn’t be any problems in breast feeding following implant surgery – as there is no interference with the ducts during the surgical procedure we do”.
Mr Krishnan continued… “Only if the incision is placed close to the nipple, areola or the implant surgery is combined with an uplift of the breast (breast mastopexy) procedure – there may be a disturbance and therefore a future risk to breast feeding”.
2.) Will pregnancy ruin my breast implants?
Another common question we have is whether pregnancy will ruin our breast implants? Pregnancy does not automatically mean your breast implants are ruined! Many women are still very happy with their breasts during pregnancy and post pregnancy. That being said, for some of us, our breast implants may have been in place for some time and you might feel they had already lost their perkiness prior to becoming pregnant.
During pregnancy our bodies go through some drastic changes and psychologically if we were already unhappy with our breasts pre-pregnancy, it is very likely we aren’t going to be too impressed with them post-pregnancy! Like I said, this is quite rare as the major plus side to having implants in situ during pregnancy, is the fact we are actually at less risk of developing sagging, shapeless breasts. This is because they are actually more resistant, as implants maintain their volume, whereas women with no implants during pregnancy are more likely to notice stretching, loss of shape and sagging.
Pregnancy therefore won’t ruin your implants, but your body will be changing in size, shape and position around them.
3.) When is it safe to be pregnant following breast surgery?
Finally, for those who have breast surgery prior to having children, a very common question is when can I have a baby following breast surgery? Generally following breast surgery we should wait around six months before trying for a baby. Following most cosmetic procedures, we have to allow time for everything to heal and settle such as the scars and any swelling.
4.) Can I have children after a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck procedures along with boob jobs are the two most sought after treatments following childbirth. We all want our perky boobs and flat tummies back after having a baby hence why procedures such as the mummy makeover are so popular!
Although having a boob job prior to having a baby has few negative implications, it is somewhat different when it comes to having a tummy tuck before having your babies. Although there are no proven risks that having a tummy tuck prior to having a baby can somehow negatively impact the safety of your baby, it most certainly will impact the results of your tummy tuck. Your tummy after all is where your baby will grow and develop and this will ultimately cause the skin to stretch and I hate to say it girls, but weight gain is somewhat inevitable no matter how little!
Most of us choose to have a tummy tuck to tighten, tone and remove any excess skin or fat. Unfortunately, there is a significant possibility that all of these are likely to return during pregnancy due to the natural changes our bodies go through when carrying a baby. I think it is therefore fairly safe to say that if possible, try and put off any abdominal rejuvenation surgery until after you have welcomed all of your little ones, as your tummy tuck results are likely to be somewhat undone during pregnancy. As a result, we may have to consider further tummy tuck surgery to re-establish our previous results!
When asking Mr Krishnan, he was very clear – he said “Regarding the tummy tuck – it is better to have it after having children”.
5.) When can I have a baby after a tummy tuck?
Now for the nitty gritty question of when can I have a baby after having a tummy tuck? Although I think we have established already that a tummy tuck really isn’t the best idea before having all of your babies, for those of you that have had a tummy tuck and now want to have kids – here’s what you need to know! It has been advised that we should hang fire for at least six months post procedure. This allows for our body to fully heal, as the tummy tuck procedure is pretty invasive surgery and it is imperative that your scars and swelling have healed fully and settled.
In summary ladies, it would appear that having a boob job before or after having your children does not have substantial negative implications, whereas having a tummy tuck prior to completing your family could leave you with the same tummy you had pre-operatively!
How do I find out more?
In addition to these few questions I have talked through with you, you are likely to have many many more. It is important you speak to an expert who can discuss what you want to achieve with your body and when, whether this is cosmetic breast surgery or body surgery.
To get a free of charge, no obligation consultation for a breast augmentation or tummy tuck, simply call and speak with Helen, Sara, Sarah or Jamie-Leigh in our dedicated cosmetic care team on 03300 58 44 55 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can ask Mr Krishnan, or your chosen surgeon any questions or discuss any worries you may have about the procedure or risks involved with children in mind (whether planning a family or post birth). A surgeon can help to address your individual concerns and calm your nerves.
COMING SOON – I’ll be talking about Boob-jobs in our 40’s and 50’s!