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!

Contact us today or call 540-371-7730

Top Reasons for Breast Augmentation

While adding volume to your breast size might seem like the only reason for a breast augmentation, there are many more reasons women choose to enhance their breasts.  In fact, breast augmentation can help achieve a lot more than increasing your cup size. Here are the top three reasons patients opt for breast augmentation:

  • To give yourself a self-confidence boost.
  • To restore symmetry to your breasts.
  • To reverse the effects of pregnancy.

 

Ready to enjoy all these benefits of breast augmentation? You’ll need to start with a consultation first! Schedule your consultation with Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, here.

Top Reasons Women Opt for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. It’s popular because more and more women are seeking the breasts they’ve always wanted – or the breasts they had at one time and may have lost. Below are the top reasons women opt for breast augmentation:

Increase Breast Size

Many women just don’t like the size of their breasts and are looking for a change. With breast augmentation becoming a routine, effective procedure that provides natural-looking results, more women are choosing implants.

Additionally, its availability makes it all the more attractive, especially with the increased improvements over the years and the many options that are now available to women.

Correct Asymmetry

Asymmetric breasts are a common aesthetic disorder for women—and a key reason breast augmentation is popular. Not only does asymmetry negatively affect the self-confidence of many women, but it makes shopping for clothes a nightmare.

Breast augmentation for asymmetric breasts uses two breast implants, each a different size to create balance and harmony at the bustline and make shopping for bras and other garments much easier.

Alter the Effects of Childbearing

There are few events in a woman’s life that are more beautiful than pregnancy and giving birth. Unfortunately, childbearing and breastfeeding does not bode well for the breasts. Pregnancy causes a fluctuation of breast size from smaller, to larger, and then smaller again. This rollercoaster ride of breast size causes a loss of breast volume, elasticity, and firmness.

The good news is you can solve these problems with breast surgery. Breast implants can restore volume and firmness and help you regain youthful breasts, which can often look better than before motherhood.

Many mothers also choose to add a lift to elevate sagging breasts and reposition their nipples.

Alter the Effects of Weight Fluctuation

Pregnancy isn’t the only thing that can wreak havoc on a woman’s breast. Gaining significant weight and then losing it can have a negative effect on the bust as well; when women have a significant weight loss of 30 pounds or more, their breasts tend to react much like breasts after pregnancy.

It’s easy to understand why women who lost weight with diet and exercise would want to follow up with breast surgery.

Restore Breasts after a Mastectomy

Unfortunately, too many women suffer from the effects of breast cancer and a mastectomy. Although a clean bill of health being the most important result, once that is attained, breast reconstruction and restoration becomes a priority.

Breast implants are critical for restoring a woman’s breast appearance and her sense of femininity. Many women with a high risk of breast cancer decide to proactively undergo a mastectomy and subsequent reconstruction procedure, often with both procedures done concurrently.

Improved Technology

Today’s implants have come a long way in offering natural-looking breasts to the patient. Gone are the days of limited choices for the size, shape, and type; now there is a wide selection and a variety of profiles, shapes, and sizes.

The advancements of breast implants and the variety they offer give your surgeon the flexibility to tailor the procedure to your unique body type and desired goals. And the more personalized your breast augmentation is, the more likely it is that your results will last as long as possible.

A Boost in Self-Esteem

Many women who were dissatisfied with their breasts experienced a boost in confidence and self-esteem after breast enhancement. One study showed that patients between 21 and 57 years of age developed a considerable increase in their self-esteem and confidence following surgery. Using the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, they cited these increases as ranging from 20.7 to 24.9.

Women Want to Look Younger

Let’s face it, we all want to look young – or at least younger than we presently appear. A woman’s breast profile and firmness are big determinates of how old a woman looks. With a firm, perky projection, a woman looks younger; likewise, shrinking and sagging breasts suggest advancing years.

Learn more about the benefits of breast augmentation and its life-changing results by contacting the Doctors of Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 and scheduling a consultation.

Implant Options: How to Ensure You Make the Best Choice

Selecting the right breast implants can be a nerve-wracking process. There are a number of variables to consider—such as the type of implant you want, what size you need, and where you want your implants placed—and all of these factor into achieving a pleasing outcome. If you’re not sure how to begin weighing all of your options, we can help; this simple guide to choosing the right breast implants covers all of the basics you’ll need to know before booking a consultation:

Choosing the Right Implant Size

One of the most common misconceptions about choosing breast implants is the idea that you can simply walk into a plastic surgeon’s office and request a cup size (e.g., “Make me a D cup.”) This approach is not advised because cup sizes are not standardized; they vary between different band sizes and even different underwear brands. What you should do is try on a set of “mock implants.”  Ask your plastic surgeon for a set of sample sizes.

Choosing an Implant Type

Today, patients over 22 years of age can choose to have either saline or silicone gel implants. Both options are safe, contrary to some of the early rumors about silicone implants that made their way into the media. Silicone implants are made from a type of medical-grade, durable silicone. Other types of silicone implants, like highly cohesive implants, are increasingly popular because if the implant ever ruptures, the filling sticks together rather than leaking into the body.

The only caveat to be aware of when choosing silicone implants is that implant ruptures can be harder to detect. Unlike saline implants, silicone gel implants do not obviously deflate after rupturing, so you will have to pay close attention to any minor changes in the shape of your implants. If you notice any small dents or lumps around one of your implants, make sure to book an MRI as quickly as possible.

Silicone implants are the preferred choice for most breast augmentation patients because they look and feel more like natural breast tissue. That being said, some people still prefer traditional saline implants because surgeons can adjust the filling during surgery before the pocket has been sewn up. They are also slightly less expensive and leave a much shorter scar. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, both saline and silicone implants can be made to look very natural, so you should choose the implant type that works best with your goals.

Choosing the Right Implant Placement

Breast implants can be placed either above the pectoral muscles or below them. When implants are placed under the muscle, the top of the implant is effectively hidden by muscle tissue. Some surgeons believe that placing implants under the muscle allows for more natural results, while others believe that placement can interfere with athletic activity. This creates a very natural “slope” to the breast and prevents the overly round look that’s associated with breast augmentation surgery.

However, not all patients are suitable candidates for under the muscle implant placement. Most notably, patients with very small chests who want to have large implants inserted usually require over the muscle placement. (This is necessary because they do not have enough natural breast tissue to accommodate under the muscle placement.) Fortunately, if you’re not able to have your implants inserted beneath your pectoral muscles, there are other options available. For many patients, over-the-muscle placement can still create natural results, but it’s crucial that they work with a skilled plastic surgeon with years of experience with breast augmentation.

If you still have questions about breast augmentation surgery after reviewing the information above, feel free to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to explain your options in more depth or help you book a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.

Mommy Makeover Series: Breast Implants – Breast Lift

You’re a mother, and you love being one. You wouldn’t change anything in the world about motherhood – except for one thing: your body.

You had a different body before pregnancy; you felt confident, healthy, and you even turned a head or two. You’ve sacrificed for your children, and that’s okay – but you want to feel proud of your body again. You want to look in that mirror and feel confident. You want to go into that closet and fit into your best clothes. You can get that feeling again with a mommy makeover and with one mommy makeover procedure in particular: the breast lift with implants.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, elevates your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. A breast lift reshapes the breast to a more youthful form, and it resizes overly large nipples that were stretched by sagging breasts.

Breast Implants (Mammoplasty)

While a breast lift can reshape your breasts, addressing volume loss is another issue. Many women experience volume loss once lactation and breastfeeding are over. Pregnancy has stolen both size and volume from your breasts, and they need help!

To address both issues, the breast lift can be paired with breast implants. A breast lift with implants can:

  • Restore volume loss due to breastfeeding
  • Reposition and elevate sagging breasts
  • Create a perkier shape
  • Resize overly large nipples
  • Enhance the cleavage

Choosing Breast Surgery

The decision to get breast surgery is a big one. It is a major procedure, and it’s not to be taken lightly. Being fully informed is vital to making the right choice, that’s why a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is critical. A qualified surgeon should be able to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Don’t forget to ask your surgeon these questions about the breast lift with implants:

  • Am I a candidate for the breast lift with implants?
  • How frequently do you perform this procedure?
  • What are your qualifications for performing the breast lift with implants?

Contact us today for your consultation to determine if breast augmentation is right for you. Call us at (540) 371-7730 or contact us online today.

What You Need to Know about Breast Augmentation in Your 60s+

As a whole, people are living longer now than they ever have before in the past. As such, if you’re a woman over 60, you’re probably looking forward to a bright, healthy future, and you want a body to match your aspirations! Many women over 60 are turning to cosmetic surgery to reshape and revitalize their bodies, with tummy tucks, breast lifts, and breast implants being among the most popular procedures. If you’re one of the many “baby boomers” who are interested in breast augmentation, here’s what you’ll need to know beforehand:

You can combine breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.

Combining these two complementary procedures is recommended for a number of reasons: One, women tend to lose volume on the upper part of their breasts as they get older, leading to both a reduction in breast size and a “flat” look. Having both a lift and augmentation performed will correct this issue completely by adding volume and repositioning the nipples so that they sit higher up on the chest. Combining surgeries makes sense from a practical point of view as well: It minimizes the patient’s recovery time and keeps costs reasonable.

You’ll need to be in good overall health.

Even if you feel healthy and lead an active lifestyle, you’ll need to have a comprehensive medical exam before surgery.  Ideally you have had a recent or have been receiving regular mammograms, or you may need to have one performed prior to surgery.

If you smoke, you’ll need to stop before surgery.

Older women don’t heal as quickly as younger women, so it’s of paramount importance that you do everything in your power to prime your body for recovery. In addition to getting medical clearance prior to surgery and eating healthily, you’ll need to stop smoking for at least three weeks leading up to your surgery. This is because smoking decreases the amount of oxygen available in the blood and therefore impedes the body’s natural healing processes.

If you have further questions or concerns about having breast augmentation surgery, feel free to get in touch with us. Our caring, knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you plan for a successful, satisfying augmentation procedure. Contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg today to schedule your consultation.

What You Need to Know about Breast Augmentation in Your 50s

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help adult women of all ages enhance breast volume and shape. While different women will have different reasons for undergoing a breast augmentation, one reason tends to be the most common: a substantial boost of self-confidence. However, women tend to have unique experiences undergoing breast enhancement that depend on their age. If you’re in your 50s and considering breast augmentation, here’s what you need to know.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical approach for enhancing the size and shape of the breasts. There are hundreds of different types of implants a woman can choose from, and the patient and surgeon will choose the type of implant depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals and preferences.

A woman in her 50s is at the optimal time to undergo breast augmentation because women are usually done having children at this point. At that time in their lives, most women have taken care of their families and have decided to take care of their own needs.

What Breast Augmentation Can Do for You

Women in their 50s have most likely already noticed signs of aging on their breasts. Breast augmentation will not only enhance the volume of the breasts, it can also address signs of aging like deflation and a decrease in fullness.

Considering a Breast Lift

Because women in their 50s usually have a different skin quality than younger patients, it’s typical that older patients undergo another procedure to address sagging skin. A breast lift combined with breast augmentation is often used to help women obtain comprehensive breast rejuvenation. A breast lift repositions the location of breasts, removes excess skin, and repositions the nipples. When combined with a breast lift, a breast augmentation can address concerns related to aging and lack of breast volume. The combination procedure can also consolidate a patient’s recovery from two different procedures.

The Role of Medical History

A patient’s health is an important factor to consider with any surgery. Patients of all ages are more likely to have a safe and comfortable procedure if they’re in relatively good health. This is why patients in their 50s must provide a comprehensive medical history to their surgeon, since older patients tend to have more medical concerns than younger patients. However, certain medical conditions don’t necessarily rule out all surgical options. Special methods can be applied for patients with different medical conditions to assure a safe and satisfying outcome.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation

The surgeons and medical staff of the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg will be happy to walk you through the breast augmentation process. To find out more about breast augmentation, contact us now for a consultation.

5 things to know about Breast Augmentation

No matter what surgery you’re considering, it is always best to be well-informed! Even though breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for women today, it can be hard to know what to research before your surgery. Whether you’re curious about the recovery period, the different sizes or types of implants, there is a lot to know! This is why we created the infographic below with the five things you need to know about breast augmentation. If you would like to know more about the breast augmentation procedure or to schedule your consultation with one of our doctors, please contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.

What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation in Your 40s

More and more women are considering breast augmentation when they reach the age of 40. It’s the perfect time: they’ve passed the phase of childbearing and they have more time to focus on improving themselves. They’re also at the age where they want to defy signs of aging. At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, turning back the hands of time is possible. One of our most sought-after procedures is breast augmentation. If you’re a woman in her 40s and about to undergo breast augmentation, here’s what you need to know:

Why Women Are Considering Breast Augmentation

Due to breastfeeding, pregnancy and age, women’s bodies, especially their breasts, start to change. When women are done having children, they start to prioritize their wellness. At this age, more and more women are choosing breast augmentation. This procedure enhances volume and counters the effects caused by aging and breastfeeding. Breast augmentation, when done correctly, has successfully brought back the confidence of countless women.

Mammograms and Implants

Women in their 40s are advised to undergo a mammogram every two years. If you’ve had a breast augmentation and the day of your checkup comes, it’s recommended that you be honest about your implants by letting your technician know before your breast imaging. Women who have had breast augmentations will usually require additional views for imaging and mammogram. Thus, informing the technician will ensure the implants will not interfere with the radiologist’s ability to detect any abnormalities.

Why You Might Need a Breast Lift Together with Breast Augmentation

Many doctors recommend breast augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift for full breast rejuvenation. Due to aging and breastfeeding, excess skin may form on the breasts, making them sag. By combining the breast lift and breast augmentation, you can create substantial lift while enhancing the volume of the breasts.

Know Everything About Breast Augmentation in Your 40s

Our highly trained and well experienced medical staff will be happy to walk you through everything you need to know about breast augmentation. Schedule a consultation to find out if this the procedure for your concerns. Reach out to Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at 540-371-7730 today!

Treat Yourself This Mother’s Day with a Mommy Makeover

Kids… you love them, but they are certainly a lot of work. Not to mention the toll they took on your body to bring them into the world. Let’s celebrate this Mother’s Day with a rebirth of your body. Get your flat tummy back and say goodbye to sagging breasts. A mommy makeover is the perfect way to pamper yourself this Mother’s Day.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy changes the body, often in ways that are not appreciated. Stretch marks, sagging breasts, and abdominal changes are very common after pregnancy. A mommy makeover reverses these changes, restoring a more youthful, rejuvenated body. What can a mommy makeover do for you?

  • Increase breast size
  • Reverse breast sagging
  • Restore a flat abdomen
  • Remove excess skin
  • Shape and contour the body
  • Lift and enhance the buttocks
  • Increase comfort and enhance the labia

A mommy makeover often involves several different surgical procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, and/or labiaplasty. We’ll design your mommy makeover with you after discussing your biggest areas of concern. We want you to have the body you want and will work with you to make it happen.

Should I Get a Mommy Makeover This Mother’s Day?

Is the timing right for your mommy makeover? Here are a few considerations to help you determine if you’re ready for surgery.

  • Plan on at Least 1 Week off from Work– We’ll combine as many procedures as possible during your mommy makeover to minimize downtime, but you will need some time off from work and other duties. This will vary depending on the procedures you receive. Most patients need help with their regular activities, including childcare, for a couple of days, miss about 1 week from work, and avoid strenuous activities for about 6 weeks.

Love your body again! Pregnancy may change the body, but with a mommy makeover, these changes aren’t permanent. Let your little, or not so little, ones pamper you with flowers and chocolates this Mother’s Day and treat yourself to a mommy makeover. Moms deserve to look great and feel confident too. Call and schedule your consultation today.