The 9 Most Asked Questions About Aesthetics by Expectant Mothers

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From the Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Department of Memorial Bahçelievler Hospital, Op. Dr. Atilla Adnan Eyüboğlu gave information about the effects of aesthetic applications on the pregnancy process and breastfeeding. Will breast augmentation with a prosthesis prevent my breastfeeding in the future? Is the location of the surgical incision effective in breastfeeding? Will I experience loss of sensation after breast augmentation? Will breast reduction prevent my future breastfeeding? Can I get pregnant after tummy tuck surgery? Is this a problem? If I get pregnant after a tummy tuck, will there be too many stretch marks? Will there be an increase in my postoperative scars after pregnancy? all and more in the details of the news…

There are many questions that women who plan to become mothers in the future wonder about aesthetic applications. These questions mostly focus on tummy tuck and breast augmentation-reduction applications.

Will breast augmentation with a prosthesis prevent my breastfeeding in the future?

The area where the prosthesis will be applied is important in breast augmentation surgeries. There is no situation that can prevent breastfeeding in prostheses applied under the muscle, on the muscle or sometimes between the muscle fascia for breastfeeding. As a common misconception, it is thought that operations in which the prosthesis is placed on the muscle affect breastfeeding, but even in the supramuscular method, the mammary gland is not damaged since the prosthesis will be placed under the breast tissue.

Is the location of the surgical incision effective in breastfeeding?

There is a slight possibility of damaging the mammary glands only in the incisions made around the nipple. Incisions made from the lower line of the breast, called the 'inframammary fold', instead of the nipple, do not cause any problems for breastfeeding.

Will I experience loss of sensation after breast augmentation?

Although there may be a loss of sensation in the early period after the procedure, since there is some compression in the mammary gland when the prosthesis is applied, this is a temporary process, that is, there is usually no permanent loss of sensation in the breast after the breast prosthesis application. Likewise, breastfeeding does not hurt.

Will breast reduction prevent my future breastfeeding?

In breast reduction operations, the surgical procedure to be performed is decided depending on the size and sagging of the breast. In excessively saggy and large breasts, some amount of mammary glands may need to be removed from the mammary glands, but since there are approximately 15-20 milk ducts in women, there is no significant decrease in breastfeeding when 5-6 of them are removed. However, if the sagging of the nipple is more than 10-15 cm than it should be, this is an advanced degree of sagging and a decrease in milk is expected in these patients. Aesthetic surgery is generally recommended for these patients after the birth and breastfeeding process. Although loss of sensation may be experienced temporarily after breast reduction procedures, sensation is regained after the healing process.

Can I get pregnant after tummy tuck surgery? Is this a problem?

In the tummy tuck operation, the excess skin tissue is removed. In addition, the spaces between the abdominal muscles are tightened. Generally applied threads are threads that dissolve in a period of about 6 months. For this reason, a period of 6 months to 1 year is recommended for the patient to become pregnant after the tummy tuck procedure, but even if an unplanned pregnancy occurs after the tummy tuck, there is no harm to the mother or the baby. During the growth process of the baby, the threads are slowly absorbed inside and the abdomen grows as required by pregnancy under normal conditions. However, if there is a pregnancy planned in the near future, tummy tuck procedure is more appropriate after the end of the pregnancy process and the end of the puerperium period.

If I get pregnant after a tummy tuck, will I gain more weight than usual? Will that area be lubricated again?

As the excess tissue in the area is removed, the abdominal region gains weight in the same way as the body normally gains weight. Depending on the procedure, it is not possible to gain more weight than normal.

Will I gain excess weight if I get pregnant after liposuction?

In liposuction (vacuum fat removal), not all of the fat cells in the area are removed. For example, if there are 100 cells, 70-80 of them are taken, so 20-30 cells remain in place. Weight can be gained from the application area, but the areas of the body that cannot be processed are more suitable for lubrication. As expected during pregnancy, there will be a lubrication that will spread throughout the body.

If I get pregnant after a tummy tuck, will there be too many stretch marks?

If you get pregnant after the tummy tuck procedure, the usual stretch marks caused by pregnancy can be seen. As a result, there will be a difference between the expansion of a thin tissue and a flat abdomen and the expansion of an abundant tissue. In these patients, it is generally recommended to get through the pregnancy process before the tummy tuck procedure and to leave the stretching process for later, but if these people pay attention to their diet and sports, especially if they pay attention to exercises such as pilates or yoga, the risk of stretch marks will be minimized as the abdomen will gain flexibility accordingly.

Will there be an increase in my postoperative scars after pregnancy?

Hormonal balance changes after pregnancy. Levels of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone change, which can change wound healing times. For this reason, it is recommended to go under control during pregnancy for expectant mothers who have had operations such as tummy tuck, breast augmentation and reduction. It is possible to get through this process without any problems, by starting early scar treatments, paying attention to care and keeping the wounds clean before cracks form.

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