Will Pregnancy Ruin Breast Reduction

Will Pregnancy Ruin Breast Reduction?

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Mammaplasty, also known as breast reduction surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin, tissue, and fat from the breasts. If you have large, saggy breasts that do not align with your body or figure, you can undergo breast reduction surgery to reduce their size and improve their shape. 

Breast reduction surgery offers numerous benefits. For instance, it improves your self-confidence and self-image, allowing you to participate in physical activities and showcase your feminine beauty confidently. 

Does pregnancy affect breast reduction? Is it better to undergo breast reduction surgery before or after pregnancy? Today’s article will answer these questions and give you essential information to help you make an informed decision. Read on! 

Effects of Pregnancy on the Outcome of Breast Reduction

A growing body of research evidence shows that the outcome of breast reduction is permanent, and pregnancy may not affect the remaining breast tissue or fat. However, some studies show that pregnancy may slightly affect the breasts’ size, depending on various factors.

These include the amount of tissue after surgery, techniques/methods used during the procedure, hormonal changes, skin elasticity, genetic makeup, and the integrity of breast ligaments. 

So, the higher chances are that pregnancy won’t change the outcome of the surgery. However, some women may experience slight engorgement, primarily when producing milk after childbirth. 

The overall repercussions of pregnancy on breast size may not require revision surgery. Most women’s breasts return to their post-surgery reduction size, primarily when their bodies settle to the postpartum conditions. 

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What happens if I get a breast reduction and then get pregnant?

Hormonal changes can lead to breast growth during pregnancy. Although these size fluctuations are not permanent, some women may experience pre-pregnancy breast size. Remember, pregnancy takes a massive toll on a woman’s body. 

Therefore, it is crucial to wait at least three to four months after your breast reduction surgery to get pregnant. The purpose is to ensure optimal healing of wounds and incisions. Likewise, waiting for at least three to four months also decreases the risk of complications during the rehabilitation period. 

Can a pregnancy after a breast reduction change your breast again?

Your overall health status, genetic makeup, hormonal changes, etc., determine whether your breast will change during pregnancy. Generally, the best way to avoid these problems is to wait for three to four months. You must also maintain a stable body weight to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. 

In addition, not all women who become pregnant will experience complications or changes in breast size. Some women experience changes in body weight during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Several studies highlight that the body does not react to hormonal changes regarding breasts growth after reduction surgery. 

However, if you experience changes in your breast size or shape, you can undergo revision surgery to fix the issue. Make sure you look for a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon in Miami to achieve your cosmetic goals. 

Is it best to have breast reduction before or after pregnancy?

Board-certified plastic surgeons in Miami encourage women to undergo surgery when they are done with children. Although pregnancy does not have profound effects on the surgery outcome, breastfeeding after childbirth can alter your breasts’ shape, size, and position. 

Therefore, it is best to wait until you are done having children. However, if you still want children, you can get pregnant after three to four months following the surgery. Some women with slower recovery weight should wait for six to eight months because future pregnancy can compromise the results. 

What to do Next?

Breast reduction offers a wide range of cosmetic and health benefits. It improves your aesthetic appearance, allows you to feel more confident, and finds the perfect clothing fit. In addition, it helps you stay active and alleviate back pain. 

Choosing a certified, experienced, and skilled surgeon in Miami is essential to make the most out of this cosmetic procedure and prevent the risk of complications caused by pregnancy if you wish to get pregnant. Call our Plastic Surgery Clinic in Miami between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday to Friday to know more about breast reduction surgery and our services. 

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

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Dr. John E. Nees, MD specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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