Breast Implants

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in getting breast implants. I am a 29 year old female who has not had any children yet (would like to eventually), but has always wanted larger breasts. I am more than ready (financially and otherwise) to pursue surgery now, but am wondering if you recommend waiting until after pregnancy to have breast implants. Dies it matter having breast implants before or after pregnancy?

A: Your question about the timing of breast implants is a very good one for which there is no right or wrong answer. Unless one has a pregnancy planned in the near future, the placement of breast implants could be done at anytime. Unlike a tummy tuck, for example, pregnancy does not usually have a dramatic effect on the results of breast implants. Breast implants is also a self-image surgery so the timing of having that type of surgery is controlled by many personal factors, not a physical one per se. if you are psychologically and financially ready now, with no pressing plans for pregnancy in the foreseeable future, then placement of breast implants now is probably as good as anytime you may have for the rest of your life.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana