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Would Breastfeeding Cause Breast Implants to Sag?

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries. Many women who have undergone breast augmentation are concerned about the effect breast-feeding could have on their breast. It makes sense that women who have undergone breast augmentation worry about breast sagging; after all, this is a worthy investment they have made for themselves. According to a recent study, it was found that breast feeding is not a risk factor for breast sagging. Health experts have confirmed that women who have undergone breast augmentation can breast feed without worrying about breast sagging.

According to a study conducted on 160 women with breast implants, it was found that 86% of those who failed to breastfeed thought that their breast would sag. 13% of those who nursed their children believed that breastfeeding would have an effect on their breasts.

Researchers confirmed that some women were worried about their ability to breastfeed after they had undergone breast augmentation. Health experts have confirmed that breast augmentation does not interfere with breast glands or the milk ducts to the nipples. The procedure involves placing the implants under the breast gland, either above or below the pectoralis muscle. They are placed under this muscle to achieve a more natural look.


Research has shown that breast sagging is caused by changes that occur due to pregnancy. During pregnancy, your breasts get fuller and heavier causing the ligaments that support your breasts to stretch. This stretching may cause sagging breasts. Keep in mind that breastfeeding is important for babies; it helps fight diseases, build their immune systems and allows the mother to bond with her baby.


As you age, your breast tissue and structure begins to change. This is attributed to changes in your reproductive hormones caused by the aging process. The natural decline of the female reproductive hormone estrogen causes the skin to dry making it less elastic. Reduced elasticity causes the breast to lose fullness and firmness thus giving it a saggy appearance.

Weight loss

Your breasts are made up of three components which include fat, connective tissues and glands. After weight loss, the connective tissues in your breast stretch out causing your breasts to droop. Women who had undergone breast augmentation before weight loss may experience sagging breasts overlying the implants.


Your genes are also responsible for your sagging breasts. This is because your genes play an important role in determining the elasticity of your skin and strength of your ligaments.

Breast Size and Gravity

Heavy breasts, whether natural or through breast implants, are prone to the force of gravity. Gravity causes the ligaments supporting your breasts to stretch, hence your breast will droop or have a saggy appearance.


Smoking could cause your breasts implants to sag; this is because tobacco smoke contains free radicals which damage skin causing loss of elasticity. In addition to having drooping breasts, you could end up with facial wrinkles.

Breastfeeding does not cause breast sagging in women who have undergone breast augmentation. In fact, it improves the overall health of the mother and child. Protecting your breasts from sagging should begin before the baby is born. You can wear supportive and well-fitting undergarments to give your breasts proper support.

If your breasts have sagged after breast augmentation, contact Royal centre of plastic surgery today to talk to request a consultation.