Life with Breast Implants
There’s so much to think about before breast augmentation that it’s easy to get caught up in the process. But don’t lose sight of the fact that your breast implants are going to be a part of your life for a long, long time. Make sure you’re thinking long-term before you make your decision.
Should I tell anyone I’ve had breast augmentation?
Whether or not you want to tell your friends, family, or anyone else about having breast augmentation is totally up to you. If you want to go “under the radar,” it’s usually pretty easy since you’ll be out & about in a week or so. But you should still be prepared for mixed reactions if and when you tell anyone.
What about sports & other activities?
If you’re athletic, you’re no doubt concerned about whether implants will interfere with your favorite sport. Simply having breast implants won’t prevent you from taking part in most sports, but you’ll want to make sure that you choose a more conservative size that won’t make running, swimming, or any other activity a literal pain in the neck. And you’ll want to wear a good quality, supportive sports bra each time you work out.
One tip from the already-augmented: don’t freak out if you can feel your implants move when you do chest exercises like pushups. It’s a strange feeling but you’ll get used to it. And they’ll stay in the place.
What if I get pregnant?
If you find out you’re going to be a mom, congratulations! You’ll be glad to know that you and baby will be safe if you have breast implants and then get pregnant. One thing to consider, though, is that your breasts are still open for changes in shape and size from hormones during pregnancy, and as your milk comes in after you give birth. It’s common for skin to stretch and breasts to sag after pregnancy, implants or not.
If you’re unhappy with the cosmetic affects of pregnancy on your breasts after baby, you’ve got options. A breast lift, or a combination of a lift and new implants, can help you get your curves back.
Will I be able to breastfeed?
It’s a common myth that you won’t be able to breastfeed if you have implants. While we think of getting “new boobs” when we choose augmentation, this isn’t technically true. You still have your “old” breasts, they’re just accompanied by implants now. That means your milk ducts are still there (the picture to the right shows what we’re talking about).
If your incision is peri-areolar (around the nipple), a few milk ducts could be cut, possibly affecting the amount of milk your breasts produce. But these days, more breast augmentation patients you’ll talk to will say their plastic surgeon used an incision beneath the breast, which is less invasive and even less likely to disrupt your ability to breastfeed.
A young mom talks about breastfeeding with implants
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Sit down face to face with a board certified plastic surgeon! If you’re in the Baltimore area, we invite you to call us at 410.296.0414 for a free consultation, where you can meet with our surgeons and staff, discuss your goals, and even try on implants. We look forward to meeting you!