About Breast Augmentation
Over 300,000 women in the United States undergo breast augmentation each year, making it the most common type of cosmetic surgery in the country. Also known as augmentation mammoplasty, the procedure can be used to achieve several goals, the most common being;
Breast augmentation does not correct severe drooping, which requires a breast lift instead. The breast implants used may be filled with a saline (a salt water solution) or a silicone gel. Your Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona surgeon will discuss the finer details of each option during your pre-treatment consultation.
Can You Breastfeed After Breast Surgery?
Before undergoing breast augmentation surgery, there are several questions that you may wish to ask, such as asking how soon you can return to work. For many women, the topic of future breastfeeding is a hot talking point. The good news is that it is very rare for the procedure to prevent women from breastfeeding.
Breast implants are primarily inserted behind the milk glands and do not impact the nipple or areola. As such, breast augmentation should not impact the ability to produce breast milk. However, the surgery can potentially impact the volume of milk that you can make during a day. Some women find that there is no impact whatsoever.
Crucially, there is no evidence to suggest that babies feeding from mothers with breast implants will encounter any health problems. Likewise, there is no suggestion that birth defects can be caused by having had a breast augmentation. In short, breast surgery should not impact your breastfeeding desires.
It should be noted, however, that breastfeeding can impact the shape and size of your breast. While the implant itself won’t be affected, it may be necessary for further augmentation once your child is no longer breastfeeding.