Getting A “Boob Job” Before Pregnancy: What Every Woman Should Know

A perky pair of boobs is every woman’s dream; it’s one her most treasured and self-confidence builders. Studies have shown that women who are not so well endowed in this area tend to develop self-esteem issues and feel inadequate as a result of their small, deflated, sagging and/or misshapen breasts. Fortunately, medical science has made it very possible for women to enhance their breast size and shape through a breast augmentation with implants. It is therefore not surprising that most women are taking advantage of the advent of this to surgically enhance their breasts in order to achieve their dream pair of boobs.

Getting a boob job is reasonable, if not strong, consideration especially if it helps you achieve your dream figure. However, if you are considering a boob job before pregnancy and childbirth, here are just a few basic things you might want to know before going under the surgeon’s knife.

  1. A Boob Job Rarely Affects Your Ability To Breastfeed In The Future.

The breast is a very delicate and complex network of nerves and sensitive motor neurons. Although quite rare (~5%), an areola incision (often incorrectly referred to as “nipple incision”) during breast augmentation with implants could damage minor ducts and disconnect the areola complex with the main portion of the gland responsible for transmitting the milk secretions, thus hindering your ability to breastfeed.  This potential problem is even rarer when other surgical incisions are used such as the most common and recommended inframammary fold (i.e. the crease under the breast) incision.

  1. You Might Lose Your Tactile Response To Touch After A Boob Job

Numbness and loss of sensation in the nipples can occur after a boob job (~5%). This may be a result of factors like surgical technique, incision location (areola slightly riskier), and breast implant size (larger more risky). This loss of sensation may affect how you respond to arousal and/or breastfeeding.

  1. Risk Of Breast Poisoning?

Findings have proven that both silicone and saline implants are not poisonous inside the body.

  1. Boob Jobs Can Be Less Painful When Done After The Patient Has had Children.

A survey carried out by doctors who interviewed women who had prenatal and postnatal procedures indicate that, those who had their boob jobs after having children experienced slightly less immediate post-operative discomfort levels.  This is likely because women tend to tolerate most all pain better after the experience of pregnancy and childbirth.  Women definitely tolerate pain better than the average man, possibly for the same reason. It may also be somewhat due to the breasts being sort of “pre-stretched’ during the pregnancy.  The reality is, most women still elect to get their breasts augmented prior to ever having children and do just fine.

  1. There may be other surgeries after the first.

Nearly three-quarters of women that undergo a boob job usually require more surgeries to address one or two complications that may arise.  The most common reason is for an implant size change.  Moreover, these implants are artificial and do not last forever. The implant could rupture and leak with time (~1.5% cumulative risk per year), hence it is commonly recommended to replace them with a fresh pair every 10 years. They could also develop a “scar tissue shell” (a.k.a. capsular contracture, risk ~10%) causing the implant to become balled-up and hard, even painful, creating a need for surgery to remove the scar tissue.

However, these complications can be minimized if the breast augmentation is done by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon and cared for properly by the patient post-operatively.

  1. The Risk Of Needing A Breast Lift After Pregnancy Is Not Necessarily Greater.

The risk of needing a breast lift (a.k.a. mastopexy) after pregnancy mostly depends upon the native size of the breasts.  In other words, women with large natural breasts are always at high risk of needing a breast lift after pregnancy whereas women with small natural breasts are unlikely to require a lift.