What Are Risks of Getting Pregnant Right After Breast Augmentation?

I had a breast augmentation on March 29, 2010 and one month later I took 2 pregnancy test and they came out positive. What are the risks that I need to be aware of please help?

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Pregnancy after breast augmentation

I have had quite a few patients get pregnant after having breast augmentation surgery.  Most of them are still very pleased with  their results. With pregnancy, the breast tissue will swell and after delivery and nursing your baby, you may notice a change in shape/size of your breasts.  This is normal.  It may not be enough of a change to make a difference. Enjoy your pregnancy and your baby. Most likely, everything will end up fine.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation and Pregnancy

The truth of the matter is that during the course of pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breast tissue expands in response to the changes in hormones that occur during these times.  That expansion of the breast tissue also causes expansion of the overlying breast skin.  Very typically what happens is when the breastfeeding period comes to an end and the breast tissue is no longer supported by the hormones, the breast tissue will shrink, but the overlying skin doesn’t shrink to adjust to the loss of volume to the breasts.  This combination of expanded skin and reduced breast tissue is what produces the sagging appearance of the breasts.  This is true whether you have had breast augmentation surgery in the past or not.  Quite often, there may be minimal to no changes of the relative position of the breast implant that has healed in a space next to the chest wall.  Most of the changes that occur with pregnancy will occur in the breast tissue and more superficial to the position of the breast implant especially if your implant is under the muscle.  In other words, your muscle will keep your implant in that healed and relatively fixed position. 


What I advise patients who have had breast augmentation surgery in the past and have gone through pregnancy and breastfeeding period is to allow the breasts to settle for about 2-3 months.  After that time, you can evaluate it to see if a breast lift surgery is indicated to get the look you desire.  There are different types of breast lift surgeries according to the degree of drooping of the breasts.  The best way to determine which operation would be best for you is really to schedule a consultation with your Plastic Surgeon.  Thank you for your question. 

Paul Fortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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What Are Risks of Getting Pregnant Right After Breast Augmentation

The #results of the breast #augmentation may be compromised if it is done before pregnancy. Many women undergo breast procedures to #restore their breasts to the way they looked prior to pregnancy.  Therefore, if you experience weight gain, pregnancies, or any other drastic body altering changes, it is very possible the results may be compromised. 

There is no way of knowing what a #pregnancy will do to the results of an augmentation. Therefore, it is best to wait until after your pregnancy and nursing to undergo an augmentation.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Pregnancy and implants

Thank you for your question. Many women will have breast augmentation before and after having children. For women who are actively planning children or plan to have one with a year's timeframe, then I generally recommend waiting. Depending on how pregnancy changes your breasts, you may also consider a breast lift at the time of your augmentation. If you have implants before pregnancy, then you should feel reassured that the implants will not impact your pregnancy, but you breasts may develop some of the post-pregnancy and/or post-breast feeding changes.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation Risks from Pregnancy

Certainly many changes you can result from the process of pregnancy. If varies from person to person. A complete evaluation from a board certified plastic surgeon including review of your prior records, medical history, and review of your surgical notes would be important to both answer your question and guide you to what is required at this point. I would recommend you consider your next surgery after your final pregnancy to avoid similar problems.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Pregnancy immediately following Breast implant augmentation surgery

The primary concern in related to the medications you were on during the first 8 weeks of gestation. You should discuss this with your gynecologist.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Risks of becoming pregnant after breast augmentation

Hi there-

There should be no health risk to you or your baby, so be at peace about that....

Obviously, pregnancy will result in hormone related development and engorgement of the glandular elements within the breasts- that is, your breasts will swell with milk, which may stretch your skin and breast tissue out.

This may, in turn, cause a change in the shape of your breasts, which, after the delivery of your baby, you may want to do something about.

You can see by the number of times I used the word "may" that I don't think these are problems you should worry about...

Enjoy your pregnancy and impending motherhood. After the birth of your baby and some time for your body to recover (say 3 months), assess the situation in the mirror and consider your options with the help of your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation and pregnancy

In my experience, having had a number of patients over the past 30 years who have become pregnant within a few months of augmentation, I don't believe the augmentation has any adverse affects on the breasts. It is well known that pregnancy can create adverse effects on breast such as shrinkage and laxity (these effects will vary from person to person), but in my opinion this is not exacerbated by the augmentation.

Deason Dunagan, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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Pregnancy after implants

There really are no specific risks with regards to the implants.  Obviously your breast will swell with pregnancy.  The shape may change a bit. Congratulations!

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Risks of getting pregnant right after breast augmentation

The risks are the breasts swell during pregnancy and after they could droop or look hanging. Also capsular fibrosis can occur. But the great side is you are having a baby, how wonderful, I guess the implants did their job. LOL.

Best of Luck from MIAMI Dr. B

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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