Women who choose breast augmentation at a comparatively young age frequently have concerns about how changes over time may affect the look of their implants, especially with regards to pregnancy and nursing. How does breastfeeding impact the long-term look of silicone and saline breast implants?
Breast Changes over Time
Although breast surgery obviously changes the existing shape and profile of the breast, augmentation itself does not minimize or prevent the natural aging progress. Breast tissue changes in firmness over time, and connective tissues become more lax. This leads to more visible ptosis and a softer overall texture as women age. Lifestyle factors such as impactive exercise or weight fluctuation can also have an effect on the breasts’ appearance in women with implants, just as they affect women without implants.
Of course, the most significant changes that can occur in a woman’s breasts typically take place during and after pregnancy. Hormone fluctuation and weight gain during this time cause breasts to increase in size, sometimes dramatically. After the baby is born, women who choose to breastfeed will see daily changes in the size and shape of their breasts as they swell to accommodate milk production, then decrease as the milk supply is depleted at each feeding.
It seems sensible that this repeated, rapid expansion and contraction would necessarily lead to more severe changes in the breasts than would naturally occur. However, a study published by Dr. Norma Cruz in October 2013 indicates that ptosis following pregnancy is actually the result of the pregnancy itself rather than breastfeeding. This is true for women with or without implants. While many other factors can change breast appearance, it seems that breastfeeding is not one of them.