Breast Augmentation Before or After Pregnancy? A Definitive Answer

How do you TIME your breast augmentation procedure?

First, you need to be able to afford it. You need to have the savings, tax refund, available credit, or financing. That's clear cut.

Then, you need to be able to take the one week off (work, school, or being a mom) necessary for recovery. Those are arrangements you have to make for when the time comes.

Now comes the question that really confuses women: do you do it now or wait until after pregnancy/another child?

"Do I get my breast augmentation before or after pregnancy?" is one of my most frequently asked questions.

Pregnancy And Breast Augmentation Surgery

No, pregnancy will not "ruin" your breast implants.

Whether you have implants or not, pregnancy and breastfeeding will do things to your body. When you are pregnant, your body releases more hormones. You will gain weight. The skin will be stretched by the pregnancy weight and lose some elasticity. After childbirth, your breast will deflate and your skin will be looser.

There are two major unpredictable factors surrounding these changes. First, the DEGREE that these changes (looser skin, deflating breasts) will occur is unpredictable. And second, it is unpredictable whether these changes will warrant a procedure. Therefore, it is impossible to predict whether you will need a lift after pregnancy and breastfeeding. But note that If you already have a breast augmentation, the implants will not affect those factors.

The bottom line is that there is too much uncertainty to make a decision based on these possibilities. That’s why I take the following approach:

When patients ask me whether they should get an augmentation now or wait, I ask them, "Are you presently, proactively having sex with your partner with the purpose of getting pregnant?" It's the most direct way of describing family planning.

If the answer is yes, they should wait. It's a no-brainer. You should not have this surgery while pregnant, and since you're trying to get pregnant, there is a good chance it will happen soon.

If the answer is no, then I give the green light. When someone vaguely anticipates having a child "within the next couple of years", there is too much uncertainty there. It could happen 1 year, 2 years or 5 years from now.

Making The Timing Decision

Can you afford to pay for the procedure? Yes.

Can you schedule one week off from your vocation for recovery? Yes.

Are you proactively trying to get pregnant? No.

If this is the case, then the best time is now. Think about it: why do you want a breast augmentation in the first place? It's because you want to feel more confident and beautiful.
When is the best time to feel more confident and beautiful? Is the best time now, or "in a couple years"? Of course, the answer is "Now.”

Recently, I had a 33-year-old patient who was a mom. I did a breast augmentation (saline, moderate profile). She went from a B to a full C cup.

Looking at her post-op results, she told me how thrilled she was. She exclaimed, "I wish I had met you 10 years ago!"

I get that so often. And I'm sure other surgeons do also. The reason for this wish is simple: patients love the way they look and feel, and wish that had experienced boost in self-esteem sooner in their lives.

So technically, based on patient feedback, the best time to feel confident and beautiful is "years ago". But, since we can't travel back in time, if you can afford to and are not family planning, the second best choice is now. And if you are actively trying to get pregnant with your partner, of course, wait.

Keep doing the research that you are doing. Getting your doubts addressed and your questions answered will help you come to a decision. The best patients are informed ones.

Now you have an understanding of how to time your decision. There is still plenty more to learn about. I suggest reading about how you can choose the ideal implant size and shape.

And be sure to go to many consultations. Doing so will actually save you time. A consultation is where you will get the best quality information directly from a plastic surgeon.