Breast Feeding After Breast Augmentation

mother with infant and breastfeeding bottle

Many women are interested in breast augmentation surgery. It is a popular choice since many women are interested in trying to bring back their appearance before getting pregnant. Often, women choose an augmentation in conjunction with other procedures, like a tummy tuck. Many wonder if they are able to breastfeed after augmentation. The good news is the vast majority of women will be able to do so, but risks can pop up depending on the type of augmentation. Here is what you need to know about breast augmentation and the different circumstances when it comes to breastfeeding.

The Basics Of Breast Augmentation

There are two different types of breast implants. Saline implants are plastic shells that are filled with a sterilized salt water solution. The process for saline implants leaves a relatively small incision and often results in little scarring. Silicone implants are shells filled with silicone. Many women say they feel more natural, but they do require a longer incision to be inserted. Most plastic surgeons prefer round implants because they are easier to implement and have less of a chance of leading to problems. Teardrop implants have a more natural shape but might need to be realigned or rotated since there is a small chance of them shifting. These types of implants are often popular for women post-pregnancy who are looking to breastfeed.

What To Expect With Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts for one to two hours. An incision will be made so the implant can be placed into a small pocket near the pectoral muscle and breast tissue. The incision will then be closed with sutures. Most women are able to return to normal activities in just a couple days after an augmentation. There is a chance of swelling and bruising near the incision area as part of the healing process. Most surgeons recommend massaging the breast until about three months after the procedure to keep the soft tissue pocket open. This gives the implant space to move and should prevent any shrinkage that could push the implant out of shape. Capsular contraction is only able to be prevented by massaging the breast.

Can I Breastfeed After An Augmentation?

 Most women are able to breastfeed with implants, but success will hinge on how and why the augmentation was done. If the incisions were made across the areole or nipples, breastfeeding might not be possible if the milk ducts and nerves were cut. Most surgeons work to make incisions under the breasts or near the armpits to avoid the milk ducts so you will still have feeling in your nipples.

The ‘Why’ Of Breast Augmentation Is Also Important

If you chose to have a breast augmentation just for cosmetic reasons, you will probably have no issues with breastfeeding. Women who received implants because of poor breast tissue development or due to asymmetry might have some issues. Most women are not aware they might have a natural lack of breast tissue, but this could mean you do not have the inherit ability to product milk due to a lack of glandular tissue.

Your Consultation With Plastic Surgery Services Of Fredericksburg

Breast augmentation is a popular surgery, which means any licensed doctor can perform one even without any sort of specialized training. At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, we are professional and well-qualified plastic surgeons who can perform breast augmentations that will still allow you to breastfeed. Schedule a consultation with our team today if you are interested in a breast augmentation. We look forward to working with you!

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