Breasts are a moot point in a day and age when so much emphasis is placed on outward appearance, while, at the same time, a healthy and balanced lifestyle is being constantly promoted via most media outlets. Essentially, they comprise fatty tissue, located right above the pectoralis major muscle, as well as the glands and lactation ducts required to breastfeed newborns after birth. That fatty tissue is what gives the breast its shape. Gravitation, lactation and breastfeeding in particular will alter the shape of the breast to such an extent that many women will feel compelled to resort to breast augmentation after childbirth. However, it is very important to know that this surgical procedure cannot be undergone immediately after having given birth. Determining the length of the wait is a delicate procedure, since many factors affect the situation of the breast, and, basically, every patient needs to be appraised individually before committing to surgery. However, these are few points you might want to consider, if you’re thinking of having your breastsaugmented after recently giving birth.
- Hormones Change Everything
After childbirth, a woman’s body enters a period typically referred to as gestation, which usually lasts around forty weeks. During those approximately nine months, the breasts can shrink, enlarge or suffer from stretching of the skin. Often, an additional forty weeks post-gestation are required for the breast tissue to resume its initial shape after having given birth. As such, most doctors will ask you to wait for roughly a year and a half after birthing to consider getting your breasts enhanced.
- Baby Weight a Major Factor
It is absolutely normal to gain some weight during pregnancy, and numerous women will gain more than reasonably expected. Since the breast is mostly made up of fatty tissue, doctors advise women to wait until they revert to their normal, pre-pregnancy weight before considering breast augmentation. During the weight-loss period, as well as during gestation, when the breast is literally emptied of the milk the glands secrete, breasts will typically experience hypertrophy.
- Operating on Lactating Breasts
As most surgeons will agree, the flow of milk that is naturally secreted by a new mother’s breasts will unnecessarily complicate the surgical procedure of breast augmentation. What is more, mother’s milk an also accumulate within the breast tissue and form lactocele—literally, pockets of milk within the breast. Operating in their presence can induce unwanted infections.
To conclude, breast augmentation is one solution to returning your breasts to their desired (and desirable) shape and size, post-birth. However, you should always consult with your doctor and ask how long you need to wait until you can go in for elective surgery. It could be half a year after you’re done breastfeeding, it could be a year: the wait is well-worth it, for the safety and success of your augmentation procedure.