Breast Implants After Pregnancy

Submitted by Medical Health Test Team on October 17, 2012

A breast implant is a non reactive device that is placed inside a woman's breast using plastic surgery. This process is conducted in order to increase the size and modify the shape of the breasts in order to enhance their visual appeal. Many people, particularly men, believe that larger breasts are more attractive. This, coupled with teasing from other women could lead to a woman feeling insecure or unhappy about her bust size. A combination of insecurity and vanity lead many women to opt for such enhancements.

The primary function of a woman's breasts is to feed the new born baby. When a woman is pregnant, many different hormones are flowing through the body in order to govern the various processes required for a successful pregnancy. The breasts begin to become larger naturally and the process of lactation begins. Lactation is the production of milk in a woman's breasts, the release of which is stimulated through the squeezing of the nipples. Instinct drives a new born baby to suckle, a process which stimulates lactation and provides nutrition to the baby.

Breast implants after pregnancy or implants used before pregnancy do not affect the process of milk production or milk release if they are properly inserted. For this, a trained and certified medical practitioner should be in charge of the procedure as there is a certain amount of experience required to perform such an operation. The reason for the implants to not affect the process of lactation is that the implants are placed either behind the glands of the breasts or behind the chest muscle. This process lifts the entire mass of the breast as one piece meaning that the connections of the various glands and ducts are not affected by the implant at all. The implants are also made of non reactive materials and therefore do not cause any chemical change to occur in the breasts.

Inserting breast implants after pregnancy may be slightly uncomfortable. The beginning of lactation makes a woman's breasts feel sore. This occurs more for mothers who have delivered their first child. The soreness is often severe enough to prevent them from breast feeding. Therefore, the insertion of an implant, which on its own causes some discomfort, is likely to be a painful procedure with painful results for a prolonged period of time. It is therefore prudent to wait a few months after delivery to insert the breast implants, possibly even up to the time when the baby has been weaned off the breasts.

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