LAS VEGAS, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "Women must be sure to consider their future pregnancy plans when planning a breast augmentation," says Dr. Samir Pancholi, a cosmetic surgeon who focuses on breast augmentation. Pregnancy can affect the breasts in a variety of ways and women should be aware of the possible results of giving birth and breastfeeding.
"Women seek breast augmentation at all stages of their lives, including what might be considered middle age," says Dr. Pancholi. "But younger women should consider how a future pregnancy might affect their decisions about a cosmetic breast procedure, including incision sites and implant placement."
Dr. Pancholi says that he sees women of childbearing age who fall into three categories: those who already have children; those who plan to have children; and those do not plan on having a family. Each group has distinct considerations regarding a breast augmentation procedure, and for those who plan to have children in the future, the timing of the surgery should be carefully considered. The results of a breast augmentation could possibly be negatively impacted by a pregnancy because of changes in the natural breast tissue that occur during a normal pregnancy.
Here is a discussion of the factors each group of women should consider when planning a breast augmentation:
Women who plan on pregnancy. This group needs to be aware of the effects of pregnancy on the breasts in general. Breast tissue expands with pregnancy and can lead to sagging breasts after giving birth; this means that the augmented breasts may droop somewhat after pregnancy. Women are often concerned about the ability to breastfeed after an augmentation; most women are able to breastfeed successfully but certain technical aspects of the surgery should be carefully planned. For example, the peri-areolar incision location can compromise the milk ducts, and that approach should be avoided. Placing the implants under the pectoralis muscle is also generally suggested for patients planning to breastfeed. However, Dr. Pancholi notes that there are women who will be naturally unable to breastfeed under any circumstances, whether they have had surgery or not.
Women who already have children. These women have already experienced the effects of pregnancy on their breasts. A woman who is considering surgery to counteract the effects of childbearing on her breasts is generally advised to wait until her family is complete before having a procedure, as the results could be negatively affected by another pregnancy. If substantial sagging has occurred after giving birth, a surgeon may recommend a breast lift as well as a breast augmentation to achieve the desired results.
Women who do not plan on pregnancy. These women have the full range of options open to them in terms of implant placement and incision sites, and they do not have to be concerned with post-pregnancy changes to their augmented breasts.
Dr. Pancholi advises all breast augmentation candidates of childbearing age to carefully consider their plans for a family before having the procedure. While the procedure itself won't interfere with a woman's ability to become pregnant, changes during pregnancy may alter the results of the breast augmentation procedure. He stresses that each woman should discuss this important issue with her surgeon while planning breast enhancement.
About Cosmetic Surgery of Las Vegas: Dr. Samir Pancholi specializes in cosmetic surgery, including breast augmentation and breast implant revision surgery. Dr. Pancholi is President of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, a Fellow with the Federation of State Medical Boards, and American Association of Osteopathic Examiners, and a Governor Appointed Member of the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Although based in Las Vegas, his clientele comes from throughout the United States. Visit drpancholi.com or call 702-363-0240 for more information.
Media Contact: Dr. Samir Pancholi, 702-363-0240.
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