Breast Augmentation then Pregnancy?

I want to get my boobs done for my 18th but I want to have kids when im in my 20s-mid 30s but I know that every 10-however many years I have to get new implants but should I go ahead and get them since my having kids will be far off? So when I go to get my boobs redone should I have kids like a few years before so that when I go to get my new ones I can get any revisions due to sagging or something? Also will having bigger implants make my skin and tissue sag more after pregnancy?

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Breast Augmentation then Pregnancy?

Thank you for the question.
Unfortunately there is no way to predict exactly how a patient's breasts will change after pregnancy. A good indication may be to evaluate the changes that occurred with your mother's breasts after her pregnancies (although this is not foolproof either). It may be helpful to keep your weight as stable as possible (under the guidance of your OB/GYN) to prevent significant changes with the breasts related to the weight changes.
You should also consider postponing having the breast augmentation if you think you may have pregnancies in the near future.
Anecdotally, in our practice, we have seen many patients have pregnancies, and not require additional breast surgery subsequently. On the other hand, we've seen many patients who experienced classic post partum breast changes such as decreased breast tissue volume (" involutional hypoplasia") and/or breast sagging ("ptosis").

I hope this, and the attached link (dedicated to post pregnancy concerns), helps.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants before pregnancy are common

Many patients in my practice are seeking breast augmentation procedure prior having children. You can enjoy your new breast till you plan your pregnancy. After having your children it is really hard to predict how your breast is going to look like. Every patient is very different and we have different skin elasticity.  You will have to follow up with your surgeon for the evaluation after your pregnancy. Many patient choose to breastfeed and that also can change the size and the shape of your breast.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Pregnancy following augmentation

Invariably it happens to many people but if you plan to have children soon, then it would be wise to put off surgery.  If you do not plan to do so and breast feeding is not the most important thing to you in the world, then by all means, consider having surgery and enjoy the outcome!

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Breast Augmentation & Pregnancy

If you are not planning on having kids any time soon, and it doesn't sound like you are, I would go ahead and have your procedure!  Everyone is so different so it's hard to say what will happen to your breasts after pregnancy, but they shouldn't have a negative effect on your pregnancy either way.  ac

Angela Champion, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation and pregnancy

When you don't have immediate plans for children, I counsel my patients that there is no real reason to wait.  Most people wish they had breast augmentation 10 years earlier!  You never know what pregnancy will do to your breasts as every woman is different and every pregnancy is different.  (I know, I have 3 kids!)  Larger breasts do sag more over time than smaller breasts do - but it doesn't mean you will HAVE to have an operation again.  Many women have breast implants and never have another operation again.  Good luck!  K. Roxanne Grawe, MD Columbus Plastic Surgeon

K. Roxanne Grawe, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation and Pregnancy in the Future

Many women get augmentation prior to having babies. I may not have much of a practice if women waited until they had children. While the average life expectancy of implants is 10-15 years, there's no "exact" time of when you need to replace them. There is no way to know what your breasts will look with pregnancy and after. Some women's breasts change very little with pregnancy and some have drastic changes. 

Jeffrey Hartog, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Breast implants do not need to be replaced every 10 years.

There is no policy for replacement of breast implants at any given interval. Breast implants should be replaced only when there is a clinical indication to do so. The implants will not insulate you from the consequences of pregnancy and breast-feeding on the breasts.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Breast Augmentation then Pregnancy?

       The breast augmentation can be performed if you want the surgery now.  It is hard to predict how the breasts will respond to pregnancy and possible breastfeeding.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of breast augmentations each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Breast Implants and Pregnancy

If you are wanting larger breast, go with a Breast Augmentation.  Many patients do just fine during pregnancy.  If you get pregnant, be sure to wear good support bras, and consult with your Plastic Surgeon after the pregnancy.  Plastic Surgery is surgery you do when you need, or want it.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Will pregnancy affect my breast augmentation?

Thanks so much for your question.  It is reasonable to have elective surgery of any type prior to pregnancy as long as you allow enough time to recover and understand that your body may change from pregnancy.  If you were thinking of getting pregnant in the near future I would say wait.  However, you should be able to have a breast augmentation now and then go on to have a very uneventful pregnancy in the future.  Larger implants can make you sag more down the line but it's unpredictable in terms how your pregnancy might affect you and you will need to assess things afterwards.

Shaun Parson, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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