One of the most common misconceptions about breast implants is that they prevent women to successfully breastfeed their babies. However, a study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed that patients’ wrong belief is the main culprit rather than the devices themselves.
Mothers with breast implants who failed to breastfeed believed it can affect the appearance of their breasts. However, pregnancy alone may cause some level of sagging because the ligament, skin, and tissue are stretched and may not be able to retract to their original position.
Women should bear in mind that the more pregnancies they experience, the more likely the appearance of their breasts is affected. This simply means that even if a mother breastfeeds her baby or not, it does not make any difference in the appearance of her bust.
Dr. Norma Cruz, the lead author of the study, said that “breastfeeding won’t harm their [women] breasts, and it has significant health advantages for both mother and baby.”
The study involved 160 breast augmentation patients who were breastfeeding their babies. Successful breastfeeding was defined by two weeks or more of exclusively providing natural milk.
The researchers have chosen women with almost similar demographics particularly in age, body mass, incision site during their breast augmentation surgery, and implant size; with this consideration, it is safe to surmise that their findings are quite accurate.
Among the 63 mothers who had successfully breastfed, only 13 percent believed it could adversely affect the appearance of their breasts. By contrast, about 86 percent of the 97 women who were “unsuccessful” thought that it could result to negative impact on the aesthetic quality of their bust.
While Cruz understands that some breast augmentation patients were concerned with the appearance of their bust—after all, they have invested time and money for the surgery—she reiterated the importance of breastfeeding not just to babies but also to mothers.
“Evidence shows that although breasts sag more with each pregnancy, breastfeeding doesn’t seem to worsen these effects in women with or without breast implants,” she added.
While there is nothing wrong getting breast implants before pregnancy, leading Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smaili believes that women who are concerned with sagging may consider postponing the procedure.
“Pregnancy may have a slight effect on the appearance of the breasts, but not always to the extent that you will need revisions. But if you are truly concerned about this, perhaps postponing the surgery is a good choice if you’re considering having babies in the future,” Smaili added.