Women are often concerned about the effect breastfeeding could have on the appearance of their breasts, especially after they have invested in breast augmentation.
A new study presented in San Diego by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, found that breastfeeding does not worsen or cause breasts to sag in women with breast implants.
The study found that the breast sagging often experienced after childbirth results from changes brought about by the pregnancy itself, not breastfeeding. Breastfeeding does not appear to further cause breast sagging in women who have had breast augmentation.
The study evaluated the changes in breast measurement as a result of pregnancy in women who had breast augmentation. This included women who breastfed (57 patients) and those who did not breastfeed (62 patients). Measurements were taken before pregnancy and one year after pregnancy, or one year after completing breastfeeding.
Changes in breast measurements and the degree of sagging were not significantly different in breast augmentation patients who breastfed and those who did not.
Overall, breast measurements and the severity of sagging did increase in patients, but were attributed to changes that occurred due to pregnancy only. A similar study in women without breast implants found that breastfeeding was not a significant risk factor for breast sagging.
It is important to consider all of the facts that effect both the short term and the long term results.
When considering breast enlargement surgery, it is important to consult with an experienced, specialist breast plastic surgeon who can provide you with the facts and who has the experience to explain how surgery will affect you as an individual.
If you had been concerned about breast sagging as a result of breast feeding and would now like to make an enquiry about breast enlargement please contact us now.