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November 2022

Everything you need to know about breast implants and pregnancy

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Whether you have already undergone breast augmentation surgery, or you are considering it post-pregnancy, chances are you have a lot of questions. To help our patients, we have covered some of the most commonly asked questions below.

It is important to mention that you should always seek advice from a medical professional as personal circumstances always differ.

Do breast implants affect pregnancy?

Women who are pregnant, or are trying to conceive, understandably worry about the potential effects of breast implants on their bodies and the health of their unborn child. The good news is that breast implants do not affect pregnancy, and that women with implants can become pregnant and safely deliver babies. However, each body is different, and may go through unique changes during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, the breast tissue and skin may change, becoming looser, or less firm. This may occur regardless of whether or not implants are present. To reduce this effect, women are advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle to help minimise the amount of breast tissue from stretching.

Do breast implants sag after pregnancy?

While implants do not alter during pregnancy, hormones, milk production, and weight gain may cause stretching of the skin, which then sags once the breasts return to their pre-baby size.

After pregnancy it is reasonable to expect that you may need a breast lift or change of your implants to help remove lose skin after breast feeding.

We recommend delaying your first set of implants if you are considering having children within the next year.

Can you breastfeed with breast implants?

We are often faced with the question, ‘can you breastfeed with breast implants?’, and the answer is simple – yes, you can definitely still breastfeed. This is because implants are placed under the breast gland, therefore, they don’t disrupt the milk ducts.

However, it is vital to discuss the various approaches to inserting breast implants if you haven’t had children, or if you are already a mother and considering expanding your family.

What should I expect post pregnancy?

Pregnancy changes the body, and many women report an increased breast size during pregnancy that then ‘deflate’ when they finish breastfeeding. As a result, we have seen an increasing number of mothers considering breast enhancement after breastfeeding. Some women opt to reshape their natural breasts by undergoing breast lift surgery, whereas others may opt for breast implants after pregnancy and breast feeding.

If you are considering undergoing breast surgery prior, or post pregnancy, it is important to seek expert advice. At Southern Aesthetic, our surgeons, Dr Amira Sanki and Dr Ilias Kotronakis both have immense experience and the best training in breast augmentation Sydney can offer. For more information about breast implants and pregnancy, call us on 02 9186 8105.

Is a Tummy Tuck safe?

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If you have been considering a tummy tuck (otherwise known as an abdominoplasty), the good news that yes, it is safe, as it is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgeries.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to tighten the skin and muscles of the abdomen that have been stretched out either during pregnancy or weight gain. Tummy tucks may be combined with liposuction, but it is not intended as a solution to weight loss. Tummy tucks are an effective surgery that helps to reduce back pain, chaffing, skin rashes, and bulging caused by the loose skin or tummy wall laxity.

Are there any risks involved?

Most of the risks associated with a tummy tuck are consistent with any surgery, such as infection, bleeding and wound healing issues. However, ensuring that your surgery is performed by a registered specialist plastic surgeon, in accredited specialised hospitals will help reduce the risk of post-op complications.

When comparing costs, avoid making a decision based solely on price, especially with the temptation of overseas plastic surgery packages, where the risks far outweigh the reward.

Who should not have a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck is an operation to improve the abdominal contour, and not primarily to help weight loss. The operation carries higher risk in patients who are overweight or obese, smokers, diabetics and those who have major scars crossing the upper part of their tummy.

It is important that you have really thought about undergoing the surgery and consult with the right plastic surgeons. If you do decide to undergo tummy tuck surgery, is it essential that you put effort into following the preparation and recovery guidelines supplied by your surgeon.

Who should perform tummy tuck surgery?

Although a tummy tuck may sound simple, it is a real surgery, and as mentioned, it should be performed by qualified and experienced surgeons.

It is recommended that you carefully consider your choice of surgeon. Unfortunately, doctors without surgical qualifications beyond their medical degree are allowed to perform surgery. Your surgeon should be appropriately qualified with at least a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), which means that they have specialist surgical training. FRACS is the standard qualification required in Australia to perform surgery in private and public hospitals.

Our surgeons, Dr Amira Sanki, and Dr Ilias Kotronakis are fully qualified specialist Plastic Surgeons. They both have FRACS qualifications as Specialist Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and are members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. They both have vast experience and training in abdominoplasty, including the most advanced and up to date techniques.

At Southern Aesthetic, we are committed to giving our patients the safest and best treatment available.  For more information about tummy tuck Sydney surgery, call us on 02 9186 8105.